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Big Bookshop has been offering value for money books and stationery to our customers since 1988.
They have a wide range of competitively priced English/Chinese books, stationery and assessment books available.
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Well-stocked but unorganized
When I first walked into the outlet at Clementi looking for a specific book, my first thought was "Wow, where do I start?" It was a huge compound, yet it felt very cluttered, with stacks of books on the floor and no apparent organisation system. I understand those books were on sale, but having them in a mess simply makes them unappealing.
Otherwise, Big Bookshop is very well-stocked, at least for the items that I have looked for. Popular tends to run out of stock for textbooks, especially during the end-year season. On the other hand, Big Bookshop has never disappointed me, although I had to do a bit of searching around to locate my items.
Losing its appeal
The outlet at Clementi was simply huge. And that's about what's striking about it. To me, I felt that it was not decorated nicely at all, and looked more like a warehouse of books than a bookstore, with its ugly appearance. It looked so very run down.
It lacks in fiction books was my first impression. They sell many other cool stuff such as craft material, toys and maps, which bookstores usually do not carry. It also has a huge collection of assessment books and other information books. This makes it seem like it caters to children more as it offers more of what children might demand from their parents.
I suggest just skipping this bookshop altogether, even if it is a bit cheaper than other bookstores. It seems to have lost to the others already.
Only visited Big Bookshop a couple of times, but never really went away with any impression, it was just a regular bookshop. I cannot fault it for lack of products because they do stock items like any other bookshop. However, the main issue that I have with them is that they do not seem to have any incentive to improve themselves. Although they may not enjoy as good or thriving a business as Popular, they are not suffering terribly either. They are definitely not as competitive and that gives me a slightly negative impression of them. To me, they are just an old bookshop that happens to be situated at certain areas of Singapore.
Maybe they are content to remain as a more traditional bookstore. In that case, I just hope that they can continue to upgrade themselves like continually increasing the range of products that they offer in order to provide better service to their customers! A rare old bookshop that has managed to survive the backlash of Popular bookstores that pop up everywhere, so there definitely has to be some appeal about it.
Big here. Big there. Everything's big!
Big bookshop remained big despite the years. It even defeated MPH and Borders!
I recalled sighing as I climbed up the slightly twirled stairs. The sighs ceased the moment my eyes laid upon this Big Bookshop for the first time ever.
Big Bookshop certainly befitted it's name. It was certainly nothing but big.
It offered a myriad selection of textbooks to aid the academic sector and an extensive collection of stationeries.
Unfortunately, the story book selection zone was rather minuscule. Where was my Harlan Coben and Sophie Kinsella books? I searched high and low for them but to no avail! Big Bookshop books was solely big on the books that were featured on the big screen.
Big Bookshop should probably name itself Big Bookcademic Shop or Big Bookcademy Shop of Stationeries.
Lives up to its name
The Big Bookshop is indeed as named, a really big bookshop. The one I go to is the one located at Clementi, just outside Yamaha. I go there more for the basic school materials like foolscaps and stationeries because I think the price is cheaper there. I think it is quite popular with parents because I always see people buying primary school assessment books there. They sell more than just the norm that you find at Popular or bookshops in general. They have a traditional feel to it for they sell toys and some bags that I reckon can be found at pasar malams. I think it appeals to a range of audiences from primary school kids even to university students, for the wide variety of assessment books to the cheap stationeries. It is definitely one of my favourite bookshops.
primary school bookshop lookalike
The huge undecorated warehouse and old furniture adds to the strong resemblance of primary school bookshops. Big bookshop was like my "stationery" grocery store where I buy all sorts of necessities and mindless stuff that amused me as a kid.
Now that I'm all grown up, it seems like I'm walking down memory lane as I like old-school plastic toys like fake guitar, golf set, and brightly-coloured pens, files, envelopes, textured paper and gifts like globe balls, teddy bears, party supplies, cartoon pencil cases etc.
The things there are relatively cheap and it has rare materials for craftwork, organisational etc. It also sells children books, educational books for adults like cook books which are of reasonable price. Many things which are not available in Singapore are still sold there, its a place to be preserved, it's like a historical monument with a high cultural value and i'm glad it's still operating today.
big friendly giant
The old Big Bookshop at Clementi was one of my personal heavens in secondary school. My friend and I usually took the train to Clementi together, and we never failed to stop by Big Bookshop.
In fact, I even got a "Big Bookshop 'Chop Chop' Card" one day when we were buying materials for a competition, which I still have in my drawer five years later. One stamp for every $20 spent on the same day (I had four), ten stamps within six months and you'd have a $10 voucher!
... okay, so that was a lousy card, but it must've been the only lousy thing about Big Bookshop. We'd stash our schoolbags at the counter in a basket with the friendly old uncle and spend hours roaming the store.
I visited Clementi a while back with the same friend, and we excitedly took the lift up to the third floor, not realising till we got there that our beloved bookshop was gone.
I guess all good things must come to an end. To anyone who's near a Big Bookshop, you're in luck! If it's anything like the one I remember, you should definitely check it out.
Big competitor of Popular
Big Bookshop can seriously compete with Popular bookshop if they were located at more prominent locations. The Big Bookshop that I knew of was the one on top of Clementi Polyclinic and another at Level 3 of HarbourFront Centre.
These shops locations were not some locations where you would pass by "accidentally". Take the Big Bookshop on top of Clementi Polyclinic, I did not know there was such a big bookshop on top until I knew my wife. My wife grew up in Clementi and according to her, Big Bookshop had been there since she was still schooling.
Big Bookshop having a big shop space was able to display a lot of items. If you are looking for stationery, Big Bookshop should have what you are looking for and most of the times, it come at a lower price.
The really "big" bookshop
I only know that there's a branch at Tampines but have not heard of any others. My first contact with Big bookshop was more than 10 years ago, having often roam around Tampines Blk 800+.
Let's talk about the location first. It is not situated near to the MRT (at least not now but I think there's a new MRT station building near there) but rather, you have to take a feeder bus or walk at least 20 minutes to get there. Not worth it in my humble opinion and I would rather grab my books or stationary from the Popular bookstore in Tampines Mall beside the MRT unless I happen to be in the vicinity already. The bookstore is located at the second level and unknown to me, there isn't escalator or lift up but you have to take the stairs. Doesn't prove to be a problem for youngsters but might pose one for the elderly parents or grandparents accompanying them.
The interior of the bookshop is rather run-down but the size of the bookshop, the variety genes of books as well as the pricing makes up for it well. To me, the layout of the bookshop feels more like a book fair rather than a proper bookshop, though they have ample signage to show the categories of books.
All in all, the Big bookshop is worth a visit if you happen to be in the area, especially for the students of Temasek Polytechnic or St. Hilda's but I wouldn't find it worthwhile to especially make a trip down for my supplies of books or stationary.