My new normal consists of books. Lots of books. Over three months into the quarantine, I’ve already consumed more books than I have in the last couple of years combined. (Full disclosure: The latter isn’t a very impressive number, so it didn’t take much to beat.) With that, I’ve scavenged pretty much the entire Internet for the best online bookstores in the Philippines — enough to make a listicle, at least.
Much to my surprise, there aren’t a lot of online bookstores in the Philippines yet. Or at least, there aren’t enough that suit my fancy. I’m a bit demanding when it comes to bookstores: I appreciate a wide variety of reads and good customer service for when I’m looking for a particular offbeat book.
That said, know that this list is riddled with my biases. After guiltlessly spending most of my money on book after book, I’ve inevitably developed a personal preference for certain bookshops. I can personally attest that the following online bookstores in the Philippines have appealing interfaces and a responsive team behind the screen — so, fellow bookworm, get ready to splurge.
The best online bookstores in the Philippines
1. Fully Booked
The Pinoy bookworm’s go-to for extensive selections, Fully Booked immediately rose as one of the top online bookstores in the Philippines once it announced its delivery services last April. Thankfully, its digital catalogue serves us well, too. In fact, scrolling through the list of available reads on their website almost mimics the very experience of treading through the aisles of our favourite Fully Booked branches.
2. National Book Store
Another popular bookstore in the country, National Book Store opened its doors for online orders in May. Aside from the wide array of books they hold, National Book Store also houses office supplies — especially helpful if you’re building your home office!
3. Books for Less
Don’t mind dog ears and broken spines? Our favourite thrift bookstore is finally online, as well! Honest to its name, Books for Less is an official source for affordable pre-loved books of various genres. Make sure to pin their website as they load up to 700 “new” books on the daily!
Books for Less accepts orders on their official website.
An independent bookstore run by artists themselves, artbook.ph is home to some of the most precious gems of the country’s literary scene. It is here that local art flourishes hand in hand with novels; its selection is only evidence to its mission — to generate awareness and advocate for cultural literacy.
From zines to antiques, artbooks.ph’s rich collection certainly deserves your attention. Dive into Philippine art and culture through their online catalogue; definitely add to cart when something catches your eye!
artbooks.ph accepts orders on their official website.
Still on its soft opening, the Biblio online bookstore invites bookworms to probe their newly launched website for orders. While the speciality bookstore-café is more popularly known for pre-owned books, the Biblio online store sells brand new books, gifts, toys, and other items.
6. Porch Reader
Porch Reader has long been one of the online bookstores in the Philippines where customers could avail quality pre-owned books. But what sets Porch Reader apart from the rest is their advocacy: To build free little libraries all over the Philippines to promote literacy and love of reading. Every purchase goes to this notable cause, giving us more reason to support this indie bookshop.
Porch Reader accepts orders on their official website.
“An online collection of curated books and artwork,” the website of Omniana reads. But one look in their catalogue of books will make you doubt if there is even a line between books and art. Regardless of genre, the reads that Omniana offers are all in their most stunning editions — no kidding, their whole website looks like a bookstagram, but better!
Omniana accepts orders on their official website.
8. The Bargain Reader
The Bargain Reader prides itself on being one of the top-rated online bookstores in the Philippines. Since 2018, the bookshop has been delivering physical books to customers nationwide. For a thrift store, The Bargain Reader has quite a collection of fresh reads, ranging from fiction to self-help. They also accept book requests if you’re searching for an item for a lower price!
9. Mt. Cloud Bookshop
While we can’t visit the physical store of Mt. Cloud yet, we can take comfort in that they are now one of the online bookstores in the Philippines we can easily access from home!
Always housing an impressive collection of Filipiniana, Mt. Cloud Bookshop is a credible source for poignant books by local authors. So if you’re all about #SupportLocal2020, why not check out their online catalogue? You might even find a book written in your own native dialect!
Mt. Cloud Bookshop accepts orders on their official Facebook page.
10. REX E-Store
Driven enough to take up an online class or two? Thinking of homeschooling the kids during the quarantine? Look no further: Rex Book Store is home to the widest variety of learning materials — from affordable children’s books to volumes of law textbooks. Always a trusted resource for educational materials, Rex also sells e-books, teaching materials, and other supplementary tools.
While the world heals, let’s take the time to travel through pages of literature.