On this page, I list out the major bookstores in Penang. As a traveler, one of the places I usually check out, whenever I visit a place, is its bookstore. What you can find in the local bookstore tells you a lot about the people living there. If their bookstore has no books about the destination, it means that nobody cares to write about it.
While this is true of many insignificant cities, I have also visited important tourist destinations where there's hardly any books by local writers. It is as though the locals are not interested in their own city, that I have to rely on outside writers (and in the other way, many people who are looking for information on cities end up reading what I write).
Location of Book Stores in Penang
A number of book stores that have been identified are shown in the map below.
Leading Books Store, Farlim, Air Itam (15 September, 2012)
Vetrivel Book Depot is one of the few Indian bookshops in Penang.
8 China Street
10200 George Town, Penang
Phone: +60-4-262 8113
Vetrivel Book Depot, China Street, Penang (15 September, 2012)
This is traditionally the street to go to buy school books. Some of the bookshops here are still operating. They cater to a niche clientele. It is the place to go for Chinese school books and art supplies. Among the bookshops here include Nanyang Book Company and Cosmorama Educational Supply, among others.
MPH Gurney Plaza This is store with a wide selection of English language books.
Borders Queensbay Mall This is one of the best bookshops in Penang for English language books.
Popular Bookstore - Gurney Plaza Gurney Plaza This is the flagship Popular Bookstore branch in Penang. It has a wide selection of books in English and Chinese, as well as a children's section, school revision books and stationery.
Popular Bookstore - Komtar This branch of Popular Bookstore was the first in Penang. It relocated to Prangin Mall when the latter opened, but moved back to its original location in Komtar in 2010.
Popular Bookstore - Queensbay Mall
The Popular Bookstore at Queensbay Mall is small. It has a good selection of Chinese titles, children's books and stationery, but the English section is quite limited. Popular Bookstore - Tesco Penang
The Popular Bookstore at Tesco Penang is geared towards serving the local needs, hence an emphasis on Chinese language titles and school revision books as well as stationery. Popular Bookstore - Bukit Jambul Complex
Popular used to operate at two separate lots at Bukit Jambul Complex but has since consolidate to one outlet.
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