Books Aren’t Dead

Celebrate the revival of the hardcopy at these new spots


For most of us book lovers, e-books will never be able to replace our love for its paperback predecessor. Don’t get us wrong, we think e-books are great — they’re a convenient way to store multitudes of books in one handy place and read them anytime, anywhere. But there’s just something about printed publications, be it the smell of paper or the act of physically flipping the pages that make reading such a personal and immersive experience.

When the Kindle was launched in 2007, we all thought the paperback would phase out in favour of e-books. Thankfully, that couldn’t be further from the truth. According to research, new data suggests that the sale of e-book readers (in the UK, at least) have reached its peak, and people are buying more physical books instead of electronic ones. If this sounds like heartening news to you, here are two things you should do this month.

1. Go book shopping at the new Times bookstore

At a time where bookstores are gradually closing down, Times has opened its sixth shop in Marina Square. Spanning 2,800 square feet, the space features an inviting orange and brown interior and a brand new concept focusing on children and families. Bring your kids/cousins/nieces/nephews down for an afternoon of learning and fun as they discover the joy of reading through books, educational toys and games. Don’t worry — there’s an extensive range of reading material for grown-ups too, from lifestyle to non-fiction.

The best part? This is just a prelude to the book retailer’s largest store ever (at a whopping 7,300 square feet!), slated to open at Waterway Point in Punggol in January 2016. 

Visit Times Bookstore at #03-149/150/151 Marina Square.

2. Take part in a book swap

Share your love for books with like-minded folks at the Togetherly pop-up. Back for its second instalment at Orchard Central, the event features the Togetherly Book Exchange where you can swap a book for a someone’s preloved read at no cost. This is a great way to read works you’d never pick up from the bookstore otherwise and expose yourself to genres you never thought you’d like. 

Besides the book exchange, eat, drink and shop to your heart’s content at the pop-up marketplace. Over 30 local businesses will be setting up stalls to sell lifestyle, beauty and craft products - plus, most importantly, food! Local songstresses Jill-Marie Thomas, Victoria Ho and Michelle Magnate will also be performing. 

Visit the Togetherly pop-up marketplace from 12 to 18 October at Orchard Central.

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