Sunday, November 18, 2007

I love Kinokuniya...


Elizabeth Tai reports today in Starmag that Kinokuniya Bookstores in Suria KLCC is now BIGGER and has become even more dangerous than it used to be. How I agree! The store has now expanded to more than 2,700sq m from its original 2,000sq m. Need... to... exercise... restraint... on... my... AMEX. Totally understand it when Elizabeth moaned (is this the right expression?) about the effect of this on her poor credit card. Here's the link to the article in today's Sunday Star.

Meanwhile, a few things to note:

  1. Dedicated counter for customer service -- no more makeshift ones (it doesn't look makeshift to me, actually. Anyway...)

  2. Kino is able to procure -- get this -- any book at all for you. Just let them know which one's not in stock and they'll get it for you. You'll have to wait for about 10 days to 2 weeks, depending on the country they purchase it from. (Yay, I don't have to shop online and wait for the same duration of time, sometimes even longer than 2 weeks. Unless of course, I deliberately want used books and my favourite is BetterWorld.com. The shipping rate is only USD2.97 per book!)

  3. A dedicated "manga corridor" means bigger and more prominent graphic novels and manga sections.

I still remember how my former Japanese boss in Penang used to travel to KL and visit Kino to buy his Japanese books. I even tumpang him to get me a good Japanese dictionary. Yamada-san was his name.

No doubt that the range of books offered in Kino is fantastic. There's hardly an item in which you can't find. I just love its English Literature selection. So vast! My visit to the bookstore last week (or was it two weeks ago?) saw some changes to the layout. The Eng Lit section has taken over sales, advertising and business references shelves. The Mystery/Thriller section has taken over Eng Lit's. Now that you can order anything that's not in stock, I can't wait to do so for some title I've been eyeing. Will put them to the test soon. Oh yes, Kino plays lovely classical music and I love it! It's indeed a dangerous place for bookworms...

20% Off. In conjunction with its expansion, Kino is offering a 20% discount storewide (except Coffee Club Xpress) until Friday, 30 November 2007. I've cut out the coupon and would like to go next weekend BUT have to attend a 3D/2N company event in Port Dickson. Bummer! The offer ends on Friday which means I can't go the following weekend! I have to work out a plan...