Wednesday, 11 December 2013

#review: Bookurve

Some time last month, Hossein wrote me a nice message telling me about this new startup, Bookurve.


It's basically something like Book Depository, but focused specifically on the Malaysian market. As Hossein says [sic]:
"As comparing to Book Depository, we all have tried the service and sometimes the book takes more than 6 weeks to reach to Malaysia and we even encountered missing book. We know that the reader can order through bookstore as well and again the service is not so good. We are just trying to give a better service while keeping the price as low as possible."

What this means is - you search for the book you want, and then you order and pay for it and it gets delivered to your house for free. Yay!


It's another one of those sites that link to your facebook account (everything's social nowadays, isn't it?) so you can check what your friends or other Malaysians are recommending, and you can add the stuff you're reading or the stuff you've bought to the social bookshelf as well. It's currently English and Malay books at the moment, but I'm told they're planning to expand to Chinese books as well.



Discovery lets you browse the bestsellers or featured books, selected by categories and language. I was looking for the search feature under discovery, but realised that the search function is on the home page. Duh.

So anyway, I randomly clicked on Ender's Game and this is what pops out:


Eh. If it's RM23 for a new book that's pretty good leh. (I mean you don't compare to BBW lah.)


And if shipping's only 1 - 3 business days, that's pretty fast!


The major bummer here is really the payment method. Offline payment, really? :(

You can find Bookurve on:

Okay - let's wait for Android apps, and online payments maybe. :)

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