Best bookstores

BORDER’S & KINOKUNIYA

BORDERS #01-00 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, Tel: (65) 6235 7146, Fax: (65) 6235 4981, KINOKUNIYA 391 Orchard Road, Ngee Ann City #03-10/15 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Tel: (65) 6737 5021 Fax: (65) 6738 0487

Why they Won: Borders and Kinokuniya are two of the most influential bookstores here in Singapore. Both stock the latest best-sellers and have their own faithful following. It’s not uncommon to walk around the stores and find people sitting on the floor in a corner reading a book. Yes, it’s not quite a library, but hey, you need to browse the book first to make sure you like it, no? We did wonder why it came down to a tie, and then we thought that perhaps people just couldn’t decide; after all books are simply books – and since both are located at prime locations, it’s a hard fight between who gets the bigger pie. Nonetheless, both stores offer the most up to date collection of fiction, non-fiction and all that’s in between. The service is also commendable.

Bet You Didn’t Know: The Chinese invented paper, but not for writing or printing on, the first paper was used to make clothing!

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