Filipino Friday 14

Hello everyone! Based on your comments last week, it seems like November 13 is the more popular choice for the next meet up so please block off that date! I was thinking we can meet around 2pm, have a getting to know you type of discussion and then maybe browse the bookshelves of Fully Booked for possible purchases. Let me know what you think of this set-up. I plan to email Fully Booked to let them know so we can have the function area reserved.

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week’s discussion. Some of you even made your own blog posts to answer the meme. For this week, I thought we could talk about something that Mel suggested – where do you buy your books? I’m sure a lot of us will mention the three major local bookstores: Fully Booked, Powerbooks and National Bookstore. And probably Book Sale because it has so many branches. Some of you might say that you also get books from Amazon and Book Depository for books that aren’t available here. I’m hoping that we’d get some unexpected answers like used bookstores in your neighborhood or near your school/workplace. You could also talk about your experiences of ordering books abroad – how expensive was shipping, how long did it take for the books to get here, do they deliver straight to your house or do you need to pick up the books from the post office? Feel free to share the URL of your favorite Multiply seller or eBay seller. Have you tried ordering from other online bookstores aside from Amazon and Book Depository? Fire away!

Hope you all have a nice weekend! It’s a long weekend so more time for reading. 🙂

ROUNDUP of reviews of books by Filipino authors:
ArtSeblis reviews Waking the Dead by Yvette Tan
ArtSeblis reviews Under Lock and Key by Lookslikerein
ArtSeblis reviews Tragic Theater by G.M. Coronel

*Please let me know if I missed any reviews so I can update the post with links.


18 Responses to “Filipino Friday 14”

  1. 1 Mel u October 22, 2010 at 9:34 am

    I have bought books from all three of the Major chains-I find the help at Fully Booked stores are the most helpful and those of National Books for sure the least helpful-Lucy of Fully Booked (active on Twitter) will check to see if they have a title you want anywhere in their system and then at no charge have it sent to the Fully Booked closest to you-I have also done book trades with two local bloggers and will happily do more-

    Up until very recently The Book Depository did not deliver to the Philippines-I have ordered a lot of books from Amazon-they have two classes of delivery to The Philippines –normal delivery costs apx 9.00 a book and can take from 3 to 6 weeks-expedited-meaning priority USA mail-is maybe 12.00 a book-less if you order several books and can take from 10 days to a month-in both cases you have to go to the post office to get the books-

    On October 9 I ordered nine books from the Book Depository (located in the UK)-they ship the books one at a time-free delivery world wide-a book will cost you usa $9.00 on Amazon with $9.00 to $15.00 delivery charges (they go by weight so hardbacks are more)-the same book on Book Depository seems about 11.00 usa but free delivery world wide-I got my first book yesterday so it took 11 days which beats their delivery estimate of 11 to 15 working days to Asia-packaging was as good as Amazon. Assuming my other 8 books come in soon and in good condition I am now using the Book Depository over Amazon-one disadvantage is The Book Depository has no used books but many used book sellers will not ship to us-The books from Book Depository came straight to our house here-saves a trip to post office-

    • 2 Chachic October 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

      Oh wow, you really order books from Amazon even if the shipping is expensive? What I used to do was wait for a friend or a relative who’s coming home from the States and then I just ask them to grab a book for me or I can have my Amazon order shipped to where they are.

      I also have books transferred from other Fully Booked branches. It usually takes three to five days for the book to arrive to your preferred branch. I’ve also tried Fully Booked’s special order service, they don’t charge you for the shipping but it takes four to eight weeks for the books to get here.

  2. 3 greyz October 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

    Okay so I dedicated a different post for this weeks topic. It’s kinda long but here’s the link.

    Clandestine Sanctuary

  3. 5 Jason October 22, 2010 at 10:53 am

    Hmm. I usually buy from Fully Booked because their shelves are easier to browse, but I’ve also bought books from National Bookstore and Power Books.

    There’s also Book Wagon in SM Megamall, but I’m not sure if it’s still there. And A Different Bookstore, back when I still frequented Eastwood City. 🙂

    Of course, one mustn’t forget the treasure trove that is Book Sale.

    Recently, I’ve also bought books online: Amazon, Julie Sari-Sari Store and the wonderful Celina’s Books and Magazines.

    • 6 Tina October 22, 2010 at 11:51 pm

      A Different Bookstore no longer exists in Eastwood. I used to like browsing there, but I find their books more expensive than the other stores.

      I think I know Book Wagon. Is that at the top floor of Mega?

      • 7 Jason October 26, 2010 at 7:25 am

        yep, top floor of Mega–if it’s still there. 🙂

        and I didn’t know ADB no longer exists. 😦 The books I bought off there are the same price with the books I buy in Fully Booked, so I never thought books were more expensive in ADB. :/ Then again, I do know that Dungeons and Dragons RPG rule books cost an arm and a leg…

    • 8 Chachic October 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

      I’ve never been to Book Wagon, where is it located? When I go to Megamall, I just check out Book Sale. I only buy books from National or Powerbooks when they’re not available in Fully Booked or if they’re cheaper.

      Yay, you mentioned Celina! I’ve bought a lot of books from her, I haven’t even finished reading all of them. I also check out Julie’s uploads but their books are more expensive now than they used to be.

      • 9 Jason October 26, 2010 at 7:29 am

        Book Wagon is at the top floor of Megamall, if it’s still there. 🙂 It’s been a while since I last went to Megamall for leisure, so I’m not sure if BW is still there. 😦

        I haven’t read any of the books I’ve bought from Celina! Haha. 🙂 The two Diana Wynne Jones I got from her, I keep putting off while I look for the other books in the Crestomanci series; and the latest one I acquired, The Complete and Unabridged Sherlock Holmes, I’m saving for the All Saints’ Day cemetery-hopping 🙂

  4. 10 narj October 22, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Here’s my book sources I blogged a year ago. Now I usually hangout near the South area coz it’s my current base, and I crave the windy and bucolic feel of Las Piñas and Alabang.

    Tried to go postal when Gerry Alanguilan’s WHERE BOLDSTARS GO TO DIE copy sold out at the first release.

    Happy weekend!

  5. 12 artseblis October 22, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Hi, reviews made this month? Please include:

    Under Lock & Key by lookslikerein –

    Tragic Theater by G.M. Coronel –

    also reviews of books by Filipino authors before October?


    I buy from local bookstores, including the weird but charming Bookay-Ukay –

    i hope to visit the new incarnation of Libreria, located at Cubao Expo, soon. this shop has new and used books, coffee, and hand-painted bookmarks!

  6. 14 Tina October 22, 2010 at 11:50 pm

    I used to only get books in National since it was most accessible. Right now my favorite store is Fully Booked because of the store’s atmosphere, the selection and their customer service. 🙂

    I go to Powerbooks when I can, but it’s not the most accessible store for me now. In my last job, I made a second home out of NBS Bestsellers in Galleria, and I liked going there instead of NBS because of how it was organized.

    I rarely buy at Book Sale, for two reasons: 1. I get the worst allergies when digging through used books (I get bad allergy attacks whenever I go someplace new and there’s carpets so this is normal), and 2. I don’t really have the patience to dig through the stacks. Or maybe the I’m just looking at the wrong branch?

    Other places I get books: Amazon for ebooks and other books that I can’t get here and have them shipped to my dad who works in Saipan and he brings them home here. I used to buy books from Booksale’s online store ( — their catalog is not updated, though). Just recently, I made orders in Book Depository and I’m waiting for them to arrive. 🙂

    • 15 Chachic October 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm

      I love Fully Booked! 🙂 They really have great selections and I love the customer service. I mean they’re not perfect, there are times when I get frustrated with them but they’re still the best local bookstore out there.

      Too bad about your allergies! Sometimes I get the “craving” to go shopping for used books. I stop by Book Sale branches or National Cubao’s Previously Owned Books section whenever I want to hunt for bargain books.

  7. 16 Chachic October 24, 2010 at 6:36 pm

    My favorite out of all three major bookstores is Fully Booked. They have the best selections and their customer service is really good. I even wrote a post about the store here. I get most of my books from Fully Booked because usually, they’re not available in National or Powerbooks.

    For books that aren’t available here, I’ve tried ordering from Better World Books. They have a $3.97 international shipping fee for books that you order. What I like about them is that they sell used books at cheaper prices. The books that I’ve ordered are ex-library hardcovers and they’re in good condition. I feel jealous that because of the climate, the books don’t turn yellow in other countries like they do here. Anyway, Better World Books orders take around three weeks to get here and they deliver it straight to your house. One of my orders got lost in the mail and they refunded the full amount. I’ve been meaning to give Books Depository a try but I haven’t decided what to get yet.

    For Multiply sellers, my favorites are Celina’s Books and Magazines and Life is Like a Bookpage. I’ve gotten several books from both sellers. 🙂 Celina and Maricar are both friendly and accommodating.

    I also check out Book Sale whenever I pass by a branch and I’ve gotten some good books from Books on Bargain in Trinoma. I love how cheap their books are, around P30 per book.

    I also like getting signed copies of books so when I check out an author’s page, I look for information on where I could get signed copies of their books. Usually they have a tie up with their favorite indie bookstore and you can order straight from the bookstore. I’ve also experienced buying books from the author and having it signed and personalized.

  8. 17 dementedchris October 27, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    My favorite is Bibliarch (Fully Booked) at Glorietta 3. Their staff is really helpful and the fact that I know all of them by name is testament to the warm service that I get from them. 🙂 My favorite store to get manga from is Kinokuniya. They have the most extensive original and licensed manga selection.

    When I was younger, I used to get all my fantasy books from Nova Fontana in Town Center. There was also a kids/YA bookstore in the same area, which I later found out was a branch of Book Wagon, although I can’t remember what name it used to go by when it was in Town. A Different Bookstore in Glorietta was also very helpful in getting rarer titles during my pre-Fully Booked days.

  9. 18 Mel u October 29, 2010 at 6:39 am

    Here are some specific comparisons of cost of books from versus The Book Depository-

    I ordered two books recently (among others) from The Book Depository-Lynton Strachey by Michael Holyrood and Elizabeth Bowen by Victoria Glendinging-The total costs was $34.38-I ordered on Oct 9 and they came on October 28-they are delivered to your door in Manila, not the post office like Amazon. The same books on Amazon is $53.81.

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