Bleak situation for Malaysian bookstores

A TOTAL of 95 bookstores have closed since 2018 and 32 outlets were closed in 2020, according to data collected by the Malaysian Book Publishers Association. There are now fewer than 2,000 bookstores operating in the country, and many are facing shutdowns due to poor business.

Two decades ago, bookstores used to teem with customers, especially during the year-end holidays when they needed to buy textbooks and workbooks for school. Back then, visiting the bookstore was a family affair.

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