If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you would’ve noticed that I frequently mention Fully Booked. If the US has Barnes and Noble, Canada has Chapters then the Philippines has Fully Booked. Note that it’s not the only major bookstore in the country. We also have National Bookstore and Powerbooks but Fully Booked is by far the best of the three. I buy most of my books there because they have a great selection. Yes, I always whine about the availability of books here but it would be so much worse if Fully Booked isn’t around. The picture on the left was taken inside the Fort store and shows me while I was trying to decide between two books.
Aside from the selections, I also think the customer service of Fully Booked is great. I usually have books that are about to come out reserved in advance. When the book gets here, Fully Booked will notify you through text that the book is already available. Although I must admit that I take it a step further and I pester them about books that I can’t wait to have when the release date rolls around. I do this because most of the books that I want aren’t that popular so they order only a handful of copies. You can also have books transferred from one branch to another. If a book is only available in Rockwell or Fort, you can have it transferred to the branch nearest you. I was so surprised when they had Daughter of the Forest transferred all the way from Cebu.♥
If the book that you want is out of stock, you can ask them to replenish their inventory at no extra cost. Also, if the book that you want isn’t in their database, you can request them to order it for you also with no extra charge. Isn’t that neat? It’ll take 4 to 8 weeks to get here but it’s better than nothing. Ordering from bookstores abroad take approximately that long for the books to get here anyway and you still have to pay for shipping.
Fully Booked also has a number of marketing activities involving book lovers such as the monthly Book Geek contest and the anniversary Book Grab. To be updated on Fully Booked’s activities, follow them on Facebook or Twitter.
Here’s a picture of the Fully Booked flagship store taken from their website:
Okay, enough gushing, I’d like to hear from the rest of you. What’s your favorite bookstore? I bet most of you have favorite indie bookstores. If I lived in SoCal, my favorite will probably be Mysterious Galaxy, where I ordered my signed copies of Megan Whalen Turner’s books.