Eslite Bookstore

Eslite's novel idea loses its lustre, one year on

Catherine Wang is upbeat despite a tough year getting the bookshop off the ground and fending off criticism. Photo: May Tse

Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite has a reputation for much more than just selling books. When it made the decision to open a shop in Causeway Bay a year ago, there were high hopes it would recreate the round-the-clock, laid-back atmosphere of its Taipei megastore.

Thursday, 8 August, 2013, 12:36pm 5 comments

Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite's Shanghai plans in doubt after censors order blackout

Eslite store in doubt after blackout

A well-publicised plan by Taiwan bookstore chain Eslite to open a branch in what is to become Shanghai's tallest building may have hit a snag as the mainland's propaganda department suddenly ordered a news blackout on the project.

21 Jun 2013 - 7:41am 5 comments

Corrections and clarifications, October 1, 2012

The article on Thursday, September 27, Eslite bookstore's 24-hour model fails in Hong Kong's tough market, incorrectly said the bookstore's Taiwan outlets were open 24 hours for three days a week.

1 Oct 2012 - 3:59am

Who said it?

Kevin Rudd

It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches the mouse

Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd quotes leader Deng Xiaoping


Running a bookstore in Hong Kong requires a little more shrewdness and a little less romance

Robert Wu Ching-yu, founder of the Eslite bookstore chain


28 Sep 2012 - 1:50am

Eslite bookstore's 24-hour model fails in Hong Kong's tough market

Eslite founder and chairman Robert Wu Ching-yu

The new Taiwanese mega bookstore in Causeway Bay has revised its round-the-clock operations after a month-long trial.

The rationale behind that decision could be summed up in a talk by Eslite founder and chairman Robert Wu Ching-yu at the University of Hong Kong: "Running a bookstore in Hong Kong, I believe, requires a little more shrewdness and a little less romance."

1 Oct 2012 - 1:31am

10/10 Hope opens in HK's Eslite bookstore

The 10/10 Hope outlet based in the Eslite store at Hysan Place.

Taiwan's natural and organic store 10/10 Hope has opened its first outlet in Hong Kong.

Located in the Eslite book store at Causeway Bay's Hysan Place, it carries 11 beauty and health brands from seven countries.

The shop opened its doors for media preview on Tuesday, where guests were introduced to the different brands and its signature products.

23 Aug 2012 - 3:33am

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

The Sunday run at the Eslite bookstore kicked off with a midnight talk by film director Pang Ho-cheung (above), followed by marathon reading sessions by book-lovers - and dozers - until as late as 5am.Photos: Edmond So

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

24-hour bookshop a first for the city

Taiwanese firm Eslite will open not just its first bookstore in Hong Kong next week but the city's first 24-hour bookstore.

The store, on three floors of Causeway Bay's new Hysan Place mall, will operate around the clock from Thursdays to Saturdays, at least initially.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:56pm

Bookseller aims at younger crowd

A century-old bookstore chain known for its academic and history books is taking aim at the teenage market by opening a comic store.

Chung Hwa Book Company will officially open the new shop in Mong Kok next week, offering a collection of 7,000 local, Western and Japanese comics and animated movies.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

War of words as bookstores face off in Causeway Bay

Book lovers will rejoice as two bookstore chains, Commercial Press and newcomer Eslite, lock horns in Causeway Bay.

Taiwanese heavyweight Eslite will open its first store in Hong Kong at Hysan Place, a new development on Hennessy Road opposite the Sogo department store, in mid-August.

12 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

A book lover's fairy tale in the making

The opening of the Fangsuo 'bookshop' in Guangzhou's most upmarket shopping mall last month was a landmark event in a city often decried as a cultural desert and a shot in the arm for the mainland's beleaguered book retailers.

Diehard fans of the printed word hope it will bolster the trade in Guangzhou, a goal shared by the store's creators.

31 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Thoughtful ideas make a difference

Powerful designs shape culture by changing ways of life. As Hong Kong aspires to become an artistic hub, local designers and officials can learn from other places that have been able to infuse art into the everyday lives of their people and create new cultural concepts in society through thoughtful designs.

16 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Taipei's famous bookshops turn over new leaf in the story of economic success

Chung King South Road in Taipei used to be a mecca for Hong Kong bookworms. Each year, tens of thousands of visitors went there for shopping sprees.

They would fly home with Chinese classics, computer literature, dictionaries and translations of foreign novels.

7 Feb 2000 - 12:00am