Times bookstores is the retail arm of Times Publishing Limited. Times bookstores' chain of retail outlets throughout Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia offers readers of all ages and interests a wide and exciting variety of books from children's to lifestyle and non-fiction.
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Your Comfortable In-Between
So we have "Popular" (the conventional reach-out-for, at least when I was a kid) and "Kinokuniya" (the absolute haven totally unmatched for). But we all know, Popular isn't exactly the place for books, and Kinokuniya's price does seem a little absurd, and might even come across as overwhelming with the wealth of unending shelves.
Times is definitely the comfortable in-between for you if you relate to that. They definitely carry a wider range and variety as compared to "Popular", but it's also less overwhelming and confusing as compared to "Kinokuniya", especially if you're a starter/just starting to dip into the pleasant world of books. It provides a comfortable range of: Children's Literature, Classic Literature, Modern Literature, and even self-help books (culinary, finance, spiritual, health). It's easy to quickly pick-out a book to read for leisure with the comfortable span of amount and variety.
Prices are between that of Kinokuniya and Popular, not too expensive on the whole. Membership is also available! Just grab a pamphlet at the counter! (or print it from their website).
Besides, they also carry a light range of stationary (files, notebooks, planners, organisers, bookmarks), which is a little quirky factor to the bookstore, if books bore you easily.
It's also nice to note that the staff/cashiers really handle your books with care. (This is a special plus point to nifty pickers like me, who wraps every single one of her books.) I really do appreciate this, which unfortunately, you often do not get in "Popular". They also actually have a quirky poster on their shelves that asked for patrons to please treat books with care. ;D
I really adore this space, which provided me a quick and cozy corner to escape to when waiting for friends/family, or just if I felt like settling for something comfortable and peaceful. :)
TIMES is definitely a place where you can soak yourselves the whole day in it if you're a just somebody that loves to read. They sell a great variety of books ranging from romance to horror to anything you can think of. The best thing is that majority of their books are not wrap with any plastic wraps so you can always flip to read part of the content before deciding on whether you would like to buy the novel. They do sell a great variety of stationary too.
However you have to be mindful the air-condition there is really very strong. Do bring along an extra outerwear with you if you have the intention of staying in the bookstore for more than half an hour. Their air can simply freeze you to death!
TIMES is fast running out of time.
A decade ago, TIMES had more variety of books on their shelves. They seemed to be one of the major bookstores and were competing with Popular for the majority market. But the emergence of Borders and Kinokuniya as well as the rising popularity of online e-books have left me wondering... Is TIMES running out of time??
I find that while they have a variety of books, it still cannot compare to Kinokuniya. And it may try to pass of as being classy, but in reality, the very same titles sold at TIMES go for cheaper at other bookstores across the island.
My kind of place
I adore Times.
I love picking up a book and reading the contents for a bit before exciting putting it into my tray and continuing to their extensive collection. The fiction here is enough to last lifetimes. They stock up regularly on the better books and authors, which feeds hungry readers like me happily.
The magazines here are a great selection too. They are anything from Korean to Japanese and it's all original, there is no translation and you'd probably require Google Translate to read it fully.
I bought all my ABSRM books from here too at reasonable prices and with great convenience. They ran out of the grade I wanted but it's a nice gesture that the books are usually left with one unwrapped piece so you could have an idea of the standards of each grade's exam.
Overall a nice place, I wish they had an indoor cafe.
Classy version of popular you say?
I have nothing much to complain about Times bookstore, except for the fact that it does not strike out to me in any way, it seems too much like a popular with more books and better design than anything else actually. Nothing too eye catching and I think Kinokuniya has this one in the bag.
I have been to times on a number of occasions, mainly for the fact that it is conveniently located and its items are not as limited as popular's. I found this shop a little too much for me to chew on over the years though, as I realised that their items were increasing in price every now and then.
just another bookstore
If I had to use an idiom to describe Times Bookstore, it would be "jack of all trades master of none."
I think I've stepped into times less than thrice in my life.
Yes, they do have story books but the variety is not as extensive as Kinokuniya or Borders (back then before it closed) so it's already lost out to these bookstores in this area. They do have stationery and notebooks etc but the variety is also considered few when compared to popular and they don't sell assessment books.
The store can also be rather messy at times.
So yes, if they only have a limited variety of stationery and books, why would I patronize Times instead of going to stores like popular or Kinokuniya?
Great collection of books and magazines
Times at Changi Airport Terminal 3 is a small bookstore. I was initially surprised. After all, Times is one of the major bookstores around. But, it's very comfy looking. It's the type of place where you can take your time and have fun in browsing. Anyway, that's not to say that there's a limited selection in terms of reading materials. Sure, it's crammed and that there's not much space for us to walk around. In spite of this, there are plenty of good reads for everyone.
The store has a pretty wide selection of magazines from Marie Claire to National Geographic to Harper's Bazaar. For books, there are a lot of different types of genres as well. Fiction such as Harlan Coben(marvelous writer btw!), James Patterson and Stephen King. I'm a thriller gal so I was ecstatic when I saw their vast collections. Biographies are not seen on racks that often. Though I always see Steve Jobs. (r.i.p) He's everywhere.
Times also features adorable mugs(I'm guessing it's for kiddies), personalized pens and key chains(The name and horoscope kind).
Service was decent enough. Though I feel that the store could use more staff help as there's only a cashier around...
Overall, I enjoy shopping at Terminal 3 as there's no GST. I get to save some extra bucks.
Not doing as well as their online counterpart Noqstore.com
I spend a lot of my time reading, as simply cannot get enough of books. I have tried to get on with the e-book trend, but I simply do not find them as enjoyable as reading an actual book. Those off-white, good looking packages of printed paper hold more appeal than an LCD display ever could.
The sad thing is that I dont believe Times can sustain itself for much longer, simply because the variety of books on sale is not there. Yes, they do stock the highly publicized "Fifty Shades of Grey", but I don't necessarily want to be reading that. Their staff, despite being extremely helpful, often end up telling me that they don't stock the book I am looking for.
My suggestion for those who still love books, is to check out the Times bookstore's online counterpart, Noqstore.com . The prices there are significantly cheaper, and they stock a larger variety of books, and the books are delivered to your doorstep.
Not keeping with the Times
I'm an avid reader. A decade ago, this translated as "avid book reader". But in this age of Kindles and online print, this really means "avid reader of anything". I devour articles online, and only when they are free. Times CANNOT compete with the variety of reading material I can obtain online.
You see, I used to go to Times or MPH every Sunday to read while waiting for my parents to browse and make their purchases. No more: I don't have time to spend milling around in a bookshop that has no seating area. Moreover, the prices of books nowadays are so high! I don't believe I have to pay such ridiculous amounts for books I only intend to read once. Besides, I can easily buy a "like new" second-hand book off Amazon.
I have no confidence that Times can survive this technology age if they don't lower their costs or innovate. As far as I can see, I'm better off buying books online, or better still, not buying at all.
Here, you can be rest assured that the books are handled with care
Times Bookstore might be the perfect place for the book lovers in town. Providing all sorts of books and reading materials,Times is one of my favourite bookstores that I often patronize.
One of the thinhs that makes me prefer shopping in Times to other bookstores is the assurance that the books sold are in perfect condition and beautifully wrapped with transparent plastic cover. That way, I would not worry that the books have been browsed and might be mishandled by others.
The book display and shelving are great, they are differentiated into their own categories for an easy search.
Aside from books, Times Bookstore also provides variety of stationery and office needs. Gift Vouchers with different denominations are also available upon request at the counter.
So far, I rarely heard about storewide sales and promotion from Times. However if you want to look for a great argain from this bookstore, you might want to check out their websites for in store promotions or directly enquire from ome of the staffs.
Times Bookstore is definitely recommendable to all book lovers.