Bookbed goes to: Dasa Book Cafe

by KB Meniado In what looks like a tiny, nondescript space along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok, there is a well-known haven among and for book lovers called Dasa Book Cafe. It houses three floors worth of books, magazines and CDs, and is open to trades and consignment. The prices seem fair, given that most books are rare or hard-to-find editions. And just in case you’re looking for particular titles, let the staff know. They are more than willing to help, and talk about books and the community they have built over the years. Any reader would love to spend hours, even…

6 Things To Love About Japanese Bookstores

by Clarissa Chua Last year, we visited bookish destinations in Hong Kong. This time, let’s discover the awesome things about Japanese bookstores! 1. Nine floors of books, books and more books One of Japan’s biggest chain of bookstores, Books Kinokuniya, has a branch in Shinjuku, home to over nine floors of books. Each floor houses its own specialty, such as design and crafts, sciences or even just CDs and DVDs. Tourists and visitors surely do not feel left out when visiting the bookstore because they have the entire sixth floor solely dedicated to foreign books! 2. Secondhand bookstores There are also mini-bookstores all over…

Tosses and Turns: The Importance of Bookstores

by KB Meniado Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night. This time, I want to talk about the downsizing and shutting down (blasphemy!) of bookstores. I’m sure you’ve heard about this issue—all those news on big bookstore chains abroad closing down from last year—and have sympathized with how sad and disappointing this is for readers, authors, publishers and those involved in the production and consumption of books. It is sad and disappointing, especially now that the fact that the downsizing of my favorite Fully Booked branch has finally…

From Osaka to Nagoya: Bookish Things in Japan

by KB Meniado For bookish people, it’s a must to check out bookstores when travelling. The mere sight of reading materials—not to mention, the company of fellow story lovers, browsing through shelves after shelves after shelves—is exciting. Anything even remotely bookish is already a feast to the eyes. Sometimes, it can even get to a point where the visit to the bookstore becomes the highlight of the trip (nerd alert!). Now, I’m not saying the rest of Japan isn’t as magical but why, the bookstores I dropped by at had me all tingly. Osaka — Tsutaya Bookstore Osaka — Wizarding World of Harry…

Bookbed goes to: Atlantis Books

by Nina Fuentes Atlantis Books appears in articles proclaiming the must-visit book stores in the world, but we were drawn to it because of their sign that said “Rent-a-cat.” It was with some great irony that we stumbled upon this little gem because of a silly sign when a friend, who was supposed to be traveling with us, had originally planned on visiting the shop. We were surrounded by tourists, merely following the hoard headed to the lookout point for the best sunset views, when we chanced upon the store. It was a haven, as most walked past, barely noticing Atlantis….

Supporting Local: An Interview with Flipreads

by KB Meniado Not many years ago, the main competition in book selling was only the now defunct Multiply (at least, locally) and when readers weren’t that Book Depository-savvy. Those times were relatively difficult for book-hunting because these sites weren’t specially tailored for book selling. However, recent times have seen easier ways to get those once-unreachable titles, especially those whose physical copies have already run out, leaving behind only digital copies. For the readers prowling the web for sites that offer limited editions or hard-to-find Filipino ebooks, Flipreads may just be the answer. Charles Tan, retail head of Flipreads, takes us…

Bookbed goes to: Bookish Destinations in Hong Kong

by Clarissa Chua Hong Kong has always been one of the top Asian destinations for amusement parks and shopping centers. This time, though, I’ll be talking about bookstores! Let’s explore these two bookstores I came across in the city. The first one I want to talk about is Basheer Design Books. It is one of the small bookstores in the island of Hong Kong, which houses almost 350 books on architecture, drawing, graphic design and photography. Most of the titles here are in English, which makes book hunting easier. Some popular ones include Hegarty on Creativity: There are No Rules by John Hegarty, Show Your…