For a self-confessed bookworm like me, the smell of a brand new book is one of the simplest pleasures in life. Going to the library or book stores is a field trip that can make an ordinary day extraordinary. Collecting books can be a little costly, that is why finding book sale stores is a must. After all, a second hand book is still a book.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Macau, but its lack of book stores or book sale shops is such a bummer. Good thing that Hong Kong is just an hour away.
There are lots of bookstores in Hong Kong, but, finding second-hand books can be a struggle. The number of shops that sell used books has gradually diminished over the years especially with the influx of e-books demand. Some shops had closed due to poor sales and with the rise on rental fee some chose to continue the business online. Below are some of the book-sale stores that survived the test of time.
The abundance of books available at Flowbooks can drown a full afternoon of flipping and searching for good titles. The store has books of different genre including books of popular authors like Grisham, Patterson, Brown, Clancy and Coelho. Novels whether fiction or non-fiction are available and if you are lucky you might be able to find those you long to include on your book-shelf. The price ranges from as low as HKD25 to HKD70. Its unsystematic set-up of books can be enjoyable because you wouldn’t know what you can see and get. Surely, one afternoon of searching for books is not enough, it can get overwhelming!
Address: Room 204, Lyndhurst Building No. 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: Daily, 12noon to 7pm
Contact Information: (852) 2964 9483 / (852) 9278 5664
BOOKS & CO.
This bookstore at Sai Ying Pun is the exact opposite of Flowbooks. The books here are arranged systematically and very organized. Books of the same authors and genre are placed together, so, looking for books is very easy. The shop is also a mini restaurant that serves snacks and drinks. Spend your afternoon drinking coffee and eating a sandwich and read whatever book you’d like to read. Books also starts from HKD30 to HKD80. Popular YA books and best selling novels can be found here. This is a place a bookworm would yearn to be.
Address: G/F 10 Park Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: Daily, 11:00am to 7:00pm
Contact Information: (852) 8203 2800 / (852) 8203 2810
This is another shop in Sai Ying Pun with a more similar set-up with Flowbooks. Plenty of books are waiting for you. Books can also be ordered online and they also do delivery within Hong Kong. Check the available books on their website and reserve it or buy it and books will be sent at your doorstep with no hassle.
Address: Flat 212, 11/F, glorious Commercial Building, No. 210-212 Des Voeux Road West Sai Ying Pun, Hong Kong
Operation Hours: Opens from 11am to 630pm daily except Wednesdays, Sundays and Public Holidays
Contact Information: (852) 2620 5035