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Address: No. 9 Yong Siak Street, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 168645, Singapore
Phone Number:
+65 6222 9195
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 18:00
Mon 11:00 - 18:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 21:00
Sat 10:00 - 21:00

BOOKSACTUALLY (est. 2005) is an independent bookstore specializing in...

BOOKSACTUALLY (est. 2005) is an independent bookstore specializing in Fiction and Literature.

This includes Poetry, Essays, Literary Journals, alongside obscure, critical works and antique/rare

editions. We also stock titles from various subjects we like: History, Biography, Current Affairs,

Human Sciences, Math/Natural Sciences, Travel Narrative, Food Narrative, Aesthetics, Music

and Film. BooksActually also houses the largest collection of Singapore literary publications

including some out-of-print titles.

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Bookshop and local publishing house in one

A friend's recommendation led me to this bookshop and it didn't disappoint. What would have been good to know, however, is that they have hard to find English publications by... read more

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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A friend's recommendation led me to this bookshop and it didn't disappoint. What would have been good to know, however, is that they have hard to find English publications by authors from Singapore and other parts of Asia. They are hard to find, at least where I live in Melbourne, because these stories aren't often printed. I appreciate that book... More 

Thank worldwideanna
Daejeon, South Korea
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71 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was no sign or what so ever about this place. Collections of book was amazing. Most Titles are something I've never heard of. Place was really small and packed, but the arrangement was neat and clean. Expect to spend more than 1 hour since all books were really interesting and challenging. Prices are so-so. Don't forget to play with... More 

Thank mbulss
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017

I was looking for something a little different in Singapore. Not far from the Tiong Bahru market, BooksActually sells a number of books by local authors. Plus, there is a book vending machine outside the store, but the books are wrapped, so you don't know what you'll be receiving.

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Singapore, Singapore
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 February 2017

Not that difficult to find (mind you, they are on G. Maps!) Amazing selection from local authors, carefully selected reads from the world. Their own imprint - "Math Paper Press" offers a great selection from local writers. They also do carry certain titles from other independent publishers in Singapore, of which some have won local awards. Would strongly recommend to... More 

Thank yewys
Los Angeles, California
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32 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 5 February 2017

A terrific surprise in one of Singapore's most wanderer-friendly neighborhoods -- lots of house-published literature and poetry and sketchbooks, along with funky shadow-box and other small-object arts. Eminently browsable.

Thank highway_song
Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

A wonderful local bookstore for book lovers, it's small but full of interesting books and even vintage arts and books , I would like to spend hours walking around , I just like it~

Thank Julie S
Kihei, HI
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45 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2017

Found previous ratings interesting so decided to visit this store. Difficult to find, sign out front is mostly gone. Enter, no greeting from either staff. Back room filled with old bottles--nothing interesting. Books mostly vanity press productions. Inquire about old books about Singapore--nothing. In ten minutes we were done and very disappointed. Do yourself a favor and skip this place.

Thank Mauicruiser
Brooklyn, New York
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2 reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

bought a few cute souvenirs from here - antiques that I would've found in my grandma's old home + a fantastic local graphic novel series called 'the resident tourist'

Thank R8G8
Houston, Texas
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I spent almost two hours in this compact book store. We loved the eclectic collection of texts and the abundance of local Singaporean writers. We both ended up purchasing books that we are excited to read and that we probably wouldn't find elsewhere.

Thank luckyrabbit1113
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Found this place and the shop brings me back to my childhood time because of the stuff for sale. The books collection is also unique and unusual.

Thank CharlesEman

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