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Internet proves saviour for traditional bookshop

When Desmond Wong Yik-bun came up empty-handed from a search of Hong Kong's bookstores, his quest to find the title he was after took him on the first steps towards a new business. On a trip to Taiwan, he not only found the book but discovered that the island has far more publishers than in his home city. And, crucially for Hong Kong, the island's publishers offer more books in traditional Chinese characters.

Monday, 20 May, 2013, 4:24am

Letters to the Editor, September 10, 2012

Appalled by treatment at Football Club

My wife and I along with our three young daughters were invited to lunch at the Hong Kong Football Club on Friday, August 31, by a club member.

Shortly after starting lunch at The Coffee Shop, next to the pool, my eldest daughter said she wanted to swim.

10 Sep 2012 - 2:04am 1 comment

Low prices of online booksellers killing small stores in China

For Zhang Yu, going to a little bookshop called O2Sun was one of her favourite activities while at university. She would read for hours in the shop on days without classes.

27 Aug 2012 - 7:21am

HK's 25-hour bookstore proves to be an overnight success

Nestled comfortably in an armchair, Nick Liao Liqin was curled up with Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book. While this may not be a novel sight, Liao was not wiling away an afternoon at home - he was at a bookstore, and it was 5am.

Welcome to the new Eslite store, three storeys and open round the clock from Thursdays to midnight on Sundays.

13 Aug 2012 - 12:04pm

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

Hong Kong stores swamped by orders for Prisoner of the State

Readers in Hong Kong have been scouring bookstores for copies of the explosive memoirs of the late mainland leader Zhao Ziyang .

Staff at major bookstores yesterday said they were swamped with inquiries, with some reporting having registered about 10 advanced bookings within an hour.

16 May 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

YesAsia deal adds 8,000 titles online

Music and entertainment site YesAsia.com has teamed up with Kingstone books, Taiwan's largest bookstore chain, to offer Taiwan-published books on YesAsia's site.

YesAsia caters to an audience of people aged from 18 to 25, most of whom are in North America and ordering films and music through the site.

28 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Bookshops set trend after turning new leaf

The Southeast Asian financial crisis has become a boon for book worms as slumping real estate rentals have given birth to a new breed of mega bookstores, with Singapore being used as the launch pad for a new region-wide trend.

23 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Turning pages on sales

It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. The recession that has hit workers badly is helping them as shoppers - and nowhere more so than in the books market. Buying books in Hong Kong is becoming increasingly enjoyable. Growing competition means a wider selection and cheaper prices. And a major reason is the expansion of one bookstore chain: Page One.

6 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Novel idea on line

YOU'VE just heard that your favourite writer's new book is out, and you have to read it. You call a bookshop to see if they've got it but the line is engaged. So you go to the store and are greeted by a sales assistant who says they don't have it yet and won't for a while.

1 Jul 1995 - 12:00am

Officials cannot guarantee allocated land will be sold

THE Government cannot guarantee that it sells all the land approved for a particular financial year by the Sino-British Land Commission, Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Tony Eason said.

'It is up to the market to decide what hectarage it is to receive,' he said.

26 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Jokers brief each other about Eason

POOR Tony Eason. There he was biding his time at the Department of Planning, Environment and Lands while waiting for the Canberra to drop anchor in Victoria Harbour on some future date and sail him away to a quiet index-linked retirement in the English shires.

But then comes the ''insider briefing'' debacle and the unending chorus for his head.

14 Jun 1994 - 12:00am

Estate lifts free from regulations

THE 5,338 lifts on public housing estates and in Home Ownership Scheme courts are exempt from control under the Building (Lifts) Regulations, Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Tony Eason revealed yesterday.

Responding to questions raised by the Reverend Fung Chi-wood, Mr Eason said the lifts were under the Housing Authority's direct management.

24 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

Sign laws 'adequate'

THE Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands, Mr Tony Eason, said there were adequate laws in place to deal with dangerous and potentially dangerous structures outside buildings.

11 Feb 1993 - 12:00am