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Post by pakjohn » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 12:42 pm

My wife and I read quite a lot and the books are piling up. We used to pass them on to neighbors or family at home but can't do that here. Does anyone know of a second hand book store? Or a charity?

They're mostly popular authors, fiction, from Borders.
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Post by blue_thunder » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 1:18 pm

pakjohn wrote:My wife and I read quite a lot and the books are piling up. We used to pass them on to neighbors or family at home but can't do that here. Does anyone know of a second hand book store? Or a charity?

They're mostly popular authors, fiction, from Borders.
You can drop it at the National library..they have a glass box at the entrance...do u mind listing some authors of fiction novels...i read jeff archer/forsyth/grisham and stefen king books...may b i can lend a helping hand..
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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 1:52 pm

Pakjohn,

There are a number of used bookstores in Far East Plaza in the back end of the shopping centre on the 2nd or 3rd floor back with all the tattoo parlors & paraphernalia shops. Give them a try. There used to be some in Serangoon Gardens as well but I cannot vouch for them still being there.

This ought to help a bit:

http://www.mybookstall.com/bookstallmain.htm

When I shifted to my HDB 10 years ago I unloaded almost 600 Paperbacks all of which were purchased new & read once or twice only. Had a massive garage sale and dumped the lot.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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Post by pakjohn » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 6:07 pm

600 is a lot of books SMS! We've acumulated a lot in the last year but now where near that.

Thanks for the info SMS and BlueThunder... we now know we're not going to have to start filling the pantry with them!

Oh, and none of those authors are in our stacks BT. There were a few Dean Koontz but our neighbor borrowed them.
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Post by Strong Eagle » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 7:06 pm

One other option: We read tons of books at our house, too. For any that don't make it to the permanent library, we stick a book crossing label in it and then leave the books all over Singapore... mostly in backpacker areas... but also everywhere else, too.

Check it out... it's fun... some of our books have been all over the world.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/

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Post by pakjohn » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 8:01 pm

One other option: We read tons of books at our house, too. For any that don't make it to the permanent library, we stick a book crossing label in it and then leave the books all over Singapore... mostly in backpacker areas... but also everywhere else, too.

Check it out... it's fun... some of our books have been all over the world.
Yeah, I really like that... thanks! We hit some really out of the way places.. it'll be fun to see what comes of leaving books around.
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Post by road.not.taken » Thu, 11 Dec 2008 8:23 pm

My daughter is a big fan of Sunny bookstore in Far East Plaza, but I am too possessive of books and tend to hang onto them or pass them on to special friends. At the kid's school, they have a massive used book sale once a year -- 40,000 titles -- all for a $1 or $2. The used book dealers sneak in, and we have to boot them out as they'll by every last book in the place.

Every year the people I love get first edition signed copies of books they love for Christmas. This year my husband is getting a leather bound, first edition signed copy of Lost Moon by Jim Lovell (he cries at the end of Apollo 13 every time) and my daughter is getting a collection of Robert Frost, also signed and dated.

There is nothing in this world better than books.

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Post by georginaleah » Sun, 04 Jan 2009 5:06 am

alternatively, you could try the building at bras basah which is so famous for 2nd hand books. they have many bookshops where you could try selling your books to them. students love to go there and sift through the shelves!

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Post by pakjohn » Sun, 04 Jan 2009 3:42 pm

alternatively, you could try the building at bras basah which is so famous for 2nd hand books. they have many bookshops where you could try selling your books to them. students love to go there and sift through the shelves!
Thanks! We're also looking at the electronic readers from Amazon, might save a few trees. :)
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Post by georginaleah » Mon, 05 Jan 2009 3:59 am

Thanks! We're also looking at the electronic readers from Amazon, might save a few trees. :)[/quote]

that's a great idea! speaking of which, which would you recommend for shipping books from overseas to here? i need to get some academic books which are not available in major bookstores here and i was wondering if you had any experience of that since you seem to be an avid book collector =)

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Post by pakjohn » Mon, 05 Jan 2009 12:06 pm

I've found Amazon.com cheaper than Singpost for shipping. Check their page for quotes, actually cheaper than walking up to Borders!
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Post by georginaleah » Tue, 06 Jan 2009 1:18 am

that sounds dandy. thanks for the help![/quote]

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Post by smashme1984 » Thu, 15 Jan 2009 11:43 am

Wow.. hey book crossing really sounds like a cool idea!! DO you actually , or are able to track where your book went?
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Post by carteki » Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:09 am

If you and your wife are that voracious in your reading, why don't you join the library? It costs around $40 per year (PR's are free) and there is a wide selection of books at a number of libraries around the Island. I couldn't afford to maintain my reading habit if I didn't join 8-)
I tripped over a used book store in Peace Centre in Selegie / Pinscep Road. Lots of titles to choose from (seem to be that the ower turned his book collection into a business!)

Where is Bras Basah road are the used book stores?

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Post by durain » Sun, 18 Jan 2009 10:18 am

carteki wrote: Where is Bras Basah road are the used book stores?


bras basah complex.

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