Timothy Tye
Book Stores in Penang


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.

Book Stores in Penang

Individual Page of Book Stores

Group Listing of Book Stores

Oyumi Stationery Shop
Jalan Aston
14000 Bukit Mertajam

SBC Pen Book is a bookshop along Lintang Angsana in Farlim.
45C Lintang Angsana, Farlim
Bandar Baru Air Itam
11500 Ayer Itam, Penang
PhoneL 04 828 2626

SBC Pen Book, Farlim (15 September, 2012)


Leading Books Store is a suburban bookstore serving the Farlim neighbourhood.

12G Medan Angsana 1
11500 Ayer Itam, Penang
Phone: +60-4-826 9918

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)


Carnarvon Street
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.

Chowrasta Market Second-hand Bookshops
This is the place to go if you are looking for old books. I used to go there to look for old issues of National Geographic Magazine which I collect.

  • 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.

    On the mainland, there are also a number of Popular Bookstore outlets. There is one at AEON Seberang Prai City , as well as at Sunway Carnival Mall and Megamal Pinang


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