BooksActually is an independent bookstore located in Singapore. We specialise in Fiction and Literature (including obscure and critical works).

In our bookstore, you can often find literary trinkets in the form of stationery and other lovely tchotchkes.

We publish and distribute books under our imprint Math Paper Press. We also hand-stitch notebooks and produce stationery under Birds & Co.

BooksActually is now housed at No. 9 Yong Siak Street, in the heart of Tiong Bahru. Come, say hello !



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now available at BooksActually!

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now available at BooksActually !

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A new literary/art magazine focusing on travel experiences of Singaporeans.

"Given our city’s size, it’s hard to find a Singaporean these days who has yet to venture out of our sunny island. As more of us explore exotic locales and far-flung places, our Instagram and Facebook feeds have begun to resemble the National Geographic magazine. “Places to visit next” is literally an inexhaustible list for some of us. Yet, reality beckons and our wanderlust is often limited by time and resources. AFTERGLOBE is our small attempt to plug this gaping hole. We hope that our magazine will quench your thirst for travel (or at least make it a little more manageable) while showing everyone the diverse range of experiences available to us as travellers."

"Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to."— from The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton(now available at BooksActually & our webstore !)

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"Booksellers are the most valuable destination for the lonely, given the numbers of books written because authors couldn’t find anyone to talk to."

— from The Art of Travel by Alain de Botton

(now available at BooksActually & our webstore !)

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The stories from the people involved in this volume simply astounded us. We went in search of inspiring individuals, and came back with our ideas challenged and perspectives broadened. Paraphrasing Nick Hand, cyclist and storyteller (pg. 14), ‘people are quite often extraordinary without even realising it’, which is definitely true of those that we met in the making of this volume.

We all have stimuli, and inspirations can be so varied; so subjective, and so personal. It is the people that we met – those that drive the stories and bring the features to life – that truly inspire us. From fumbling around limestone caves 200 feet underground in search of ochre pigment with a seventh generation miner (pg. 74), to clambering up rock-faces with boulder-climbers (pg. 82), to grazing on the urban landscape with an urban forager (pg. 22), to tending to bees on London’s high-rise tower blocks with an enthralled beekeeper (pg. 28) – these people are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do, and it is often their fervid spirits that most excite us.

We celebrate the real people behind ideas, practices and processes; they are what make them interesting. Equally behind Another Escape there are real people too. And like those that we feature, we also have our quirks and imperfections – Another Escape is very much a work in progress; a journey to discovery, and we’d like to invite you along for the ride.


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Cereal Magazine #04 now available at BooksActually !

KINFOLK Issue 09 / now available at BooksActually !

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KINFOLK Issue 09 / now available at BooksActually !

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As the sun dawns over this tiny red dot, Singapore’s wet markets are already abuzz with the shouts and laughter of locals snapping up fresh fish, veggies and fruit for the day’s meals to come. Chickens pace and squawk in their cages, freshly caught fish splatter water about in plastic tubs and wrinkled old men sit idly by smoking, a game of Chinese chess just begun. This is the Singapore you don’t read about in the Financial Times, a marvelous food mecca bursting with Asian flavor and hidden gems, a wanderer’s paradise.

While there may be a nugget of truth in what you hear about the heavy handed law, the Singapore we know is an easygoing town with clean streets, friendly locals and nonexistent crime. In our experience, the best way to explore Singapore is by foot. Though the days can certainly be warm (we’re on the equator after all), the sidewalks are generally shady and the most interesting areas of town are easily within walking distance of each other. When you get tired, settle into one of the many cafes we recommend or just hop on the nearest city bus or MRT station, Singapore has one of the most efficient public transportation systems on earth.

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Where Chefs Eat
is a new international restaurant guide published by Phaidon Press. Unlike other guides, we didn’t ask critics or foodies to tell us their favourite places to eat, we asked the people who know food the best: over 400 of the world’s top chefs.

From bargain noodle joints to high-end restaurants; late-night haunts to all-day breakfasts; neighbourhood eateries to destination restaurants, Where Chefs Eat has more than 2,000 personal recommendations for where to eat around the globe.

Edited by food writer Joe Warwick, with entertaining reviews, quotes from the chefs and useful maps, Where Chefs Eat is the perfect guide for the culinary traveller.

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