Browsers brace for broadside of books

The opening of a new bookshop probably does not prompt people to read more. But the much touted arrival of a popular Taiwanese bookstore chain in Hong Kong is set to make a splash on the literary scene.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:27pm

Food, but not for thought, permeates new book megastore

It's crowded, noisy and the smell of stir-fried meat lingers in the air - those were just some of the complaints from Hong Kong book lovers disappointed by their first look at the city's biggest bookshop.

Taiwanese chain Eslite has promised its trademark relaxed reading culture at its megastore in Hysan Place, which opened in Causeway Bay yesterday.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:23pm

Book lovers, watch this space

Eslite, the Taiwanese bookshop chain famous for its extensive collection as well as its shops and galleries, is expected to make a splash when it opens what will be Hong Kong's biggest bookshop in Causeway Bay on Saturday next week.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Fads rule reading lists in fickle city, booksellers say

Running a bookshop in Hong Kong is hard in the best of times, but the fickle and unpredictable nature of the city's reading preferences makes it even more difficult, booksellers say.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Starting a different chapter

You'll often hear people in Hong Kong, especially those who can't read Chinese, complain about the supposed lack of interesting bookshops in the city. In reality, there's quite a selection of rare, antiquarian, specialist and second-hand booksellers around town - you just have to know where to look.

29 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Leafing through the past

As readers leaf through an antique book's yellowish pages, it gives off an undeniably musty scent. Bibliophiles, or book collectors, say the stronger it smells, the better it is.

1 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

To have and to hold

So much has been made of the survival of the paper book in this era of Kindles and iPads, that it is difficult to imagine a trickier business to be in than antiquarian bookselling.

27 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Can the bookstore be saved?

What does the future hold for bricks-and-mortar bookstores? Will they, as Australian Minister for Small Business Nick Sherry predicted recently, be wiped out by online shopping within five years?

18 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Balancing the books in the face of digital threat

Chen Dingfang, who opened the first Xue'eryou Bookstore in Guangzhou 17 years ago and now has eight branches, talks about the decline of traditional bookstores, changes in the book industry and its future in a digital world.

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14 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Parents warned to watch out for fake textbooks mixed with the real thing

Parents and pupils looking to buy textbooks have been warned to watch out for a new scam - sellers who mix genuine books with pirated versions.

Customs officers seized 185 Chinese textbooks, suspected to be pirated, from seven second-hand bookshops and arrested 12 people on Thursday after receiving three complaints from customers and one from a textbook publisher.

13 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Tome raiders

In light of the current global economic fiasco there has probably never been a better time to read An Enquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith. But just how many punters can stump up the HK$1.1 million asking price?

18 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

Brought to books

Chen Jun perches on a sofa at Hong Kong Reader, an independent bookshop in Mong Kok, where he and a group of like-minded book lovers have been enjoying one of their regular discussions. This week their talk was on the philosophies of late French thinker Jacques Derrida, and was hosted by University of Hong Kong academic Fong Ho-yin.

2 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Going potty over Potter taken too far

I have always been fascinated by the sometimes bizarre lengths to which some companies will go to protect their brand names or images.

The final instalment of the Harry Potter series, for example, will hit bookstores in every country on Earth today.

21 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

The write price

Below are listed the 10 most expensive sales through These sales were conducted over the internet and not subject to private, offline negotiations between the buyer and seller, and do not concern auctions, where prices can be hard to predict. Comments are by Richard Davies of in Vancouver.

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Students warned off illegal book sellers

Police yesterday warned students against illegal second-hand textbook sellers - as new figures showed the industry had almost disappeared in an area where it was once popular.

Senior Inspector Au Yeung Siu-kong, of the Mongkok anti-triad squad, said gangs had been found to prey on unsuspecting students.

8 Jul 2006 - 12:00am