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    Books in Bangok?

    I was wondering if anyone living in Bangkok could tell me if they have a wide variety of books to buy. I am used to large warehouse style books stores with anything and everything your heart could desire. I might bring a few books from home but would rather buy them there. I like the classics.
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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Quote Originally Posted by ugoonie
    I was wondering if anyone living in Bangkok could tell me if they have a wide variety of books to buy. I am used to large warehouse style books stores with anything and everything your heart could desire. I might bring a few books from home but would rather buy them there. I like the classics.
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    Tons of bookshops. Asia Books does Wordworth and Penguin Classics for 125 baht...

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Well, that all depends on your definitions... I would consider any of Eric Lustbader's "Nicholas Linnear" Novels to be a classic... You can try B2S, that is where I got all of my books, lots of good stuff, of various styles and authors. They have some CLASSICS like Oedipus, The Illiad and the Odessy, or The Tao Te Ching, as well as a few other Classics, like... say, Louis L'Amour, or the rare Harry Turtledove...

    Though this is all relative to the particular B2S you shop at... There was also someone on the forum here who was opening such a bookshop, a really nice one from the sound of it, in BKK someplace... but I do not recall whom, or the website he gave... You could search bookstore or somesuch I suppose.

    Hope that helps,
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    EDIT: Forgot about K-Books in the World Trade Center, lots of cool stuff there too, but a bit more expensive.
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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Yup as stated before you can get almost any book. But they may be more expensive than you are used to. There is always Amazon.
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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    kinokuniya is the best new book store; try the emporiom branch or the paragon one.

    shaman books on khao san road is the best used book store. also there is 'elite' (too small, expensive) opposite the emporium and 'dasa' (poor selection, pretentious staff, fusion music) a soi or two towards sukhumvit from the emporium.

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    I might bring a few books from home but would rather buy them there.
    I'd bring as many as you can.
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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Thanks everyone. I guess, based on your responses, I'll bring a few that I know I'll read and then browse when I get there. I like to collect old books but I can't carry them with me on my travels, unless I hire a pack mule.

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    check out www.thailibrary.com. It has rent buy and sell books available.

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Dasa bookshop, near the bts station for emporium(name escapes me)

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    phrom phong.

    selection is meagre, jazz-fusion is annoying.

    still this is bangkok. hopefully you might find something there...

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Phuket has a number of good bookstores. Many are of the chain variety (i.e., similar to Borders or Barnes & Noble in the U.S. or W.H. Smith in the U.K.). These include:
    • B2S at Central Festival mall between Kathu and Phuket Town -- this is the largest bookstore on the island and has an excellent selection of Thai- and English-language books and periodicals; also a good variety of CD's, VCD's, and DVD's (both Western and Thai).
    • The Books at Central Festival -- primarily Thai-language books and magazines but there are a few English-language works along the wall close to the cash register; also has an excellent series of postcards (some of the best I've found for Phuket) and the clerks always remember to ask if you need stamps. (Other branches include a small -- mainly magazines -- booth on the ground floor of Robinson's, as well as a larger standalone store in Phuket Town; I have yet to visit the latter.)
    • SeEd Books (branches at Big C and Tesco-Lotus on the Bypass Road; there may be others I haven't found yet!) -- the one at Big C has mostly Thai-language books but there are a few in English along the front wall to the right of the entrance; Tesco's shop has a very large selection of English books and magazines and they also run a magazine stand in the mall itself.
    • Bookazine on Bangla Road in Patong has plenty of English-language books including plenty of the "usual" expat favorites (i.e., Dean Barrett, Stephen Leather, etc.).
    There are also a number of used bookshops on the island. I've noticed a large shop advertising English-, German-, and French-language books on Chaofa East Road, across from the turnoff to Phuket Zoo. I'll report back on that one once I have a chance to check it out.

    Others I've seen (but not yet stopped in) include one on Rath-U-Thit 200 Pee Road in Patong close to the OTOP market and a street vendor selling used books from his motorbike-stall! There may be others (can someone report?)...

    And of course, there's always mailorder:
    • I recommend Bangkok-based DCO Books who have a wide selection and low shipping rates.
    • Asia Books also does mailorder (and have a huge selection) but they don't have a payment gateway on their website. You need to fax them credit card details once they've sent you an email confirming availability and price. It's a bit of a deterrent as I'm not exactly willing to send my credit card info by fax, whether it be in the States or LOS.
    • Publishers Bangkok Books also has a limited number of books for mailorder on their site, including a few not available elsewhere.
    • And, of course, there's also American- and British- mailorder giants such as Amazon, but the high shipping rates can be a real deterrent.
    I'm a person who loves to read so I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive places to buy books...

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Kinokuniya is best all around. But if you enjoy bookstores, by all means shop around.


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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    I agree

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    Quote Originally Posted by aging one
    Yup as stated before you can get almost any book. But they may be more expensive than you are used to. There is always Amazon.
    Sorry Pops, but books are about the same price here as they are in the UK or US.

    I bought one from Asia Books last week.

    Cover price 6.99 GBP

    Thai price 395 Bhat (5.54 GBP as of today)

    I have yet to buy a book in Thailand that is significantly more than the UK or US cover price.

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    Re: Books in Bangok?

    How many books have you bought in the USA Marmers?? We have huge discount book stores such as Barnes and Noble. UK book prices are higher than USA prices as no books are sold at the cover price in the states.

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