Booktique Where Writers Shop is an independent bookshop founded in 2013 by a freelance writer for aspiring writers. After a year of book fairs, it opened its first pop-up bookshop at The Cathay and MP Baey Yam Keng attended its inaugural celebration. The 3-months' pop up ended in August 2014 and two months later, Booktique opened its next pop-up bookshop at CityLink Mall. The 6-months' pop up ended in May 2015.
Even with a physical store, Booktique continued to do book fairs and participated in arts events like Verve, World Lit and Words Go Round. It also hosted book launches and art-related workshops and organized festive bazaars in the backroom of the bookshop.
Since having its first store, the rustic interior and small collection of books have customers calling it a "cute, little bookshop" and "quaint and cosy, minimalistic greenhouse".
From the start, the founder has been reaching out to self-published authors. The word spread and Booktique now supports more than 30 such authors. George Whitman, founder of Shakespeare and Company in Paris said: “Give what you can, take what you need.” This philosophy influences the way Booktique is run.
Booktique returned to CityLink Mall as a permanent shop in July 2015. Follow Booktique
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~ The idea behind Booktique ~
When Anthony Koh Waugh started writing freelance full-time in 2007, he found very few books on writing at major bookstores and none at independent bookstores. Even when a bookstore had them, the selections were too little, too general or too expensive. Today, the situation has not changed. Even with more aspiring writers now, the writer's market remains small and overlooks by book retailers. Libraries offer such books but they are either outdated or the newest ones are gone too fast. So he decided to start a mobile "bookshop" to fill this gap.
~ Naming Booktique~
Several names were brainstormed and "Booktique" was finally chosen. To strengthen its positioning in the book retailing market, the slogan "Where Writers Shop" was added. "Booktique" was filed for business registration. However, the name was registered by an inactive company. Anthony appealed and finally incorporated the company "Booktique Pte Ltd" on 13/03/13.
Booktique aspires to be a soulful space that not only inspires creativity but also humanity.
The online version of our story in Japanese business paper, AsiaX is available at their website.
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Ways you can help Booktique
Tell others about us on your social networking sites. If you are a blogger, blog about us.
Buy books from our shop if you are from educational institutions. We are a registered vendor@Gov and we can submit e-invoice to your school.
If your organisation, group or event is art-related, invite us to sell books at your premise or event.