Filipino Friday: Major Bookstores

Most of you have probably heard of Borders filing for bankruptcy this week. While this doesn’t directly affect us book lovers here in the Philippines, it’s still a sad day for those who are affected (more so for the employees). I had an interesting discussion over at Twitter yesterday with Charles and Kenneth about how this can happen to local major bookstores like Fully Booked and PowerBooks in the future. I believe PowerBooks is already having problems right now. National probably doesn’t have to worry because they focus more on school/office supplies than books anyway.

I just wanted to throw this topic out there and see what the rest of you think. Post your thoughts in the comments below.

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5 Responses to “Filipino Friday: Major Bookstores”


  1. 1 Chachic February 18, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I always thought that PowerBooks was having problems because of Fully Booked – the latter has better stocks and better pricing – but it may be because of other reasons. I think more and more used bookstores and Multiply book sellers are popping up and readers are choosing those for their inexpensive pricing. I’ve also noticed that a lot of people are getting e-readers like Kindles, this trend will also affect the sales of local bookstores.

    I think Fully Booked is expanding too fast. It has too many small stores in Quezon City (Gateway, SM North, Trinoma and another opening in Centris), with not enough stocks of books. I only get to buy books in the Trinoma branch when I have the books that I want transferred from another branch.

    I don’t know if this will affect buying trends but it would be great if bookstores had more book-related events like what indie bookstores in the US are doing – they reach out to the local community and engage the readers in their area. Would also be great if the major bookstores here paid attention to book bloggers instead of promoting book reviews of celebrities. LOL yes, this is a pet peeve.

  2. 2 Kristel February 18, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Isn’t Powerbooks under the umbrella of NB? I think the future of bookstores in the Philippines lie in their ability to adapt to market forces, both locally and internationally. Personally, I would love for a time when bookstore employers are as much book lovers as the buyers themselves, and can give smart recommendations. I don’t know if that’ll ever happen though.

    I think the Borders bankruptcy has a bigger effect on publishers and their decisions to take on new writers. No Borders mean less avenues for publishers to showcase their roster. This will most likely mean that publishers will be more wary of taking chances on new, untested authors.

    • 3 Maricar April 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Just found this blog today. Kristel is correct in wishing for book sales personnel as being able to love books themselves. . .As a new independent used bookshop here in the north and soon expanding in NCR, I always encourage my staff to read more and browse our shelves more. . .feedback from our regulars show that it is happening. . .

  3. 4 Reymos March 15, 2011 at 7:17 am

    This is also a big problem in UK since last year where the government identified public libraries to be closed and some of the independent bookshops are threathened as well. There are several factors why is it happening: ebook is getting popular, online purchasing, and secondhand/charity bookshops. The key player for these issues are we – readers and we can play an important role to save some of these independent bookstores.

    I agree of what the above comments are saying but we have to be vigilant to rekindle reading awareness esp local/indie authors. Recently, the British government promoted books thru World Book Night last this month where 25 book titles were given to the public, amounting to almost 1 million copies. Ebooks are not really the reason of less popularity of books, becasue even myself, I just purchased a Kindle in the US last summer, I still buy paperback copies (2-3 per month).

    What this site is doing and the rest of Pinoy bloggers around the world is an effective way to sustain paperback/bookshop popularity despite the threat from ebooks/online shopping. Having book clubs thru our community or schools is another venue where could inspire people to read, share or even give books regularly. I like the idea of BookCrossing, allowing book lovers to register and release of books in the wild.

    Im interested to be involved in the Filipino Book Bloggers as soon I will be settled back in the Philippines very soon!

    Thank you,

  4. 5 Jason March 22, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Remember what I posted before about Fully Booked at SM North’s The Block slimming down? Well, it already happened. 😦 Maybe this is the reason why they’re opening a branch in Centris?

    I do agree that there are way too many Fully Booked branches in QC. If they had chosen to put one in Fairview, I would understand–but three within the vicinity of the QC Triangle (SM North, TriNoMa and Centris) and another one within a few cartwheels’ distance (Cubao)…


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