24-hour access to latest books

Chua (right) with (from left) BookXcess purchasing and publishing director Martin Cross and BookXcess marketing head Amelia Peng.

BOOKWORMS will not only have another reason to shop but also extra hours to browse through their favourite page turners at the new BookXcess in Cyberjaya.

The company’s latest addition in Tamarind Square that spans across 3,437.4 sq m is not your ordinary bookstore.

The library-like store is said to be the first in the country to operate 24-hours daily, giving customers ample time to browse and find their favourite books at ease.

To-date, the store has over 250,000 books with some 20,000 titles which are updated twice a week.

“As opposed to a lifestyle cafe bookstore, here at BookXcess Tamarind Square, we want to bring people together.

“We also try to make sure that every BookXcess store is unique,” said BookXcess chief product officer Yu Jeen Chua, adding that it would soon feature a cafe serving drinks and meals at affordable prices.

Designers of the new bookstore have decided to keep the former carpark’s original charm by retaining the traffic signs. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star
Designers of the new bookstore have decided to keep the former carpark’s original charm by retaining the traffic signs. —LOW LAY PHON/The Star

At present, the store which occupies a former carpark also offers a large open working space complete with WiFi connection and plug points for those who want to work or study there.

Chua said their first BookXcess in Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya was a no-frills store with books piled up within a packed space but it remained a favourite among “hardcore” book lovers.

“We keep it the way it is as it is our heritage store, people come by and they know what they want.

“The one at Starling Mall in Damansara Uptown is a bit different, it was modelled to be a family-oriented store with a cafe,” said Chua.

The Cyberjaya store is the brand’s seventh edition and the first in the township.

Chua said the Cyberjaya community had limited places to go to after work or school, hence BookXcess hoped to be able to bridge the gap and provide an option for families and students to go to.

“Students can come by and do their homework here without even having to pay anything.

“We want them to work or study in an environment surrounded with books with hope that one day they may turn into a book lover too,” he said, adding that building a reading culture from a young age was vital in encouraging the habit of reading among Malaysians.

The new store also offers a wider range of architecture and design books, as well as a dedicated children’s area.

It comes complete with exhibition and event spaces, allowing visitors to learn and admire art pieces of popular local and international artists.

In conjunction with the launch, BookXcess is offering lucky customers a chance to grab as many free books as they can in a three-minute basket dash.

To participate, customers must spend a minimum of RM50 at any BookXcess store until July 22 to participate in the lucky draw.

Fourteen lucky winners will be selected from the draw to enjoy the basket dash at BookXcess Tamarind Square at the end of July.

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