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Where to get great books at low prices

2014 August 24
by MieVee @ MummysReviews.com

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Here’s a wonderful bookstore to share with you: BookXcess, a warehouse outlet where I get many children’s books at really low prices.

About BookXcess

These are the key information of BookXcess:

  • Physical stores: in Malaysia, at Amcorp Mall and farenheit88 (right opposite Pavilion Kuala Lumpur)
  • Online store: BookXcess
  • By the same people who organise the Big Bad Wolf Bookfairs

With 3 young kids in tow, I’ve been unable to visit the crazeeee Big Bag Wolf bookfairs where people actually lugged luggages to carry the super-affordable books they grabbed!

So going to BookXcess stores now is good enough for me. I’ve been to the store at Amcorp Mall a few years back but it was too out of the way for me. Imagine my delight when I discovered the new branch right opposite Pavilion!

My Shopping Spree…

Here are what I bought… Story books for the kids….

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  • My Very First Bible, RM29.90
  • Flora and Tiger by Eric Carle, RM17.90
  • Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle, RM14.90
  • We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, RM12.90

Nearly-3-year old Jae is going through a sticker-craze phase, blasting through 3 sticker activity books within 2 weeks. So I bought 2 more GIANT sticker books for him…

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  • My Giant Sticker First Words, RM17.90
  • My Giant Sticker Fun Book, RM17.90

Any Roald Dahl fans? This set is a beauty and I love books boxed sets…. bought it during my first visit to BookXcess and it’s still on sale now!

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  •  Roald Dahl Phizz Whizzing Collection (Boxed set of 15 books), RM219.90

5.5-year old Vee loves learning about skeletons, so I gathered these books for him…

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  • Human Body by DK, RM24.90
  • Human Body (DK Eyewitness Books), RM14.90
  • Human Body Encyclopedia by DK, RM17.90
  • Body Basics: Bones, RM12.90

I like reference books by DK, the illustrations are wonderful. The Body Basics: Bones book has a special layered pages like this…

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A dear friend once mentioned the importance of reading up on great historians. Then I found these two gems…

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  • The Treasures of Mozart by John Irving, RM49.90
  • Einstein: The Life of a Genius by Walter Isaacson, RM39.90

These aren’t just wordy books. Instead, there’re copies of the historian’s documents, score sheets, letters such as this…

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Now I need more bookshelves at home!

A Quick Review of the Store at farenheit88

Rating Guide: Oh no!     ★★ Poor     ★★★ Fair     ★★★★ Good     ★★★★★ Excellent!

(a) Range of books: ★★★ With limited time (and money!), I zoomed straight into kids’ educational books. The range is ok, since they’re from over-production. (That’s why the name is called BookXcess… meaning excess books.)

Don’t expect to find complete sets of individual books, unless they come in a boxed set. Examples of boxed sets sold are the Roald Dahl collection mentioned, Dr. Suess set, and Thomas Train set.

(b) Organisation: ★★★ There’s enough room for me to push a huge stroller around. It’s rather easy to get to the section I want since the store isn’t too huge.

(c) Service: ★★★★ Most books are in shrink-wrap. I requested to check some books / sets samples that are behind the cashier and the lady was most willing to help me.

There wasn’t any sample for The Treasures of Mozart, so she gladly opened a new copy for me to browse through. That copy was a bit squashed, so she got a completely new copy for me. Thumbs up!

(d) Quality: ★★★★ The books are in good condition. Some books (e.g. Eric Carle board books) may have a black marker mark across the top or bottom side, which I didn’t mind.

(f) Overall Value: ★★★★ There was a promotion for this trip on top of member discount. Overall, I find the books at attractive prices. (Of course, the cheapest is buying directly from books warehouse outlets such as in the UK.)

BookXcess offers value-for-money books.

What we like about it:

  • Quality books at reasonable prices
  • Convenient location (i.e. farenheit88 branch)
  • Good service

What can be improved:

  • Offer more boxed sets, please (I’m looking for Winnie-the-Pooh Complete 30-Book Set)

When you visit Kuala Lumpur, do drop by BookXcess. Happy shopping for books!

Get Your Own (with Discount!)

BookXcess is currently running this promotion:

  • Special Treat: 7% off + member discount (5% for above RM50; 10% for above RM150)
  • Validity Period: 8 August to 1 September 2014
  • For above RM170, you can get to a free copy of “Great Migrations” (with National Geographic’s iconic stunning photography!)

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You may also check the prices at Amazon here:

Disclosure: I paid for all my purchases at BookXcess and they have no idea I’m writing about them.

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2 Responses leave one →
  1. Dr v permalink
    August 24, 2014

    Thank you for this wonderful post. I haven’t been able to “hunt” at the Big bad wolf books sale myself. And it’s a real loss because I’m a books addict myself.

    • August 29, 2014

      Dr v, there’s always the next Big Bad Wolf sale! I’m so looking forward to bb #3 growing up a bit more so that someone can babysit all the kids while I immerse myself at the book sale. Haha…

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