Have you been to the biggest bookstore in Malaysia?
WHAT could be better than having access to tens of thousands of books in a sprawling bookstore?
Having access to tens of thousands of books in a sprawling bookstore at any time of the day – or night.
On May 31, 2018, Malaysian bookstore chain BookXcess made history when it opened the largest bookstore in the country. It is also Malaysia’s first 24-hour bookstore.
The company is no stranger to 24-hour operations as it has organized several installments of the Big Bad Wolf (BBW) sale, an annual 24-hour book fair.
Located in Cyberjaya, a town with a science park as the core that forms a key part of the Multimedia Super Corridor in Malaysia, the BookXcess store is the brand’s seventh edition.
Unlike its other outlets, the Cyberjaya branch is set up like a library, with over 500,000 books on offer and discount rates of between 50 and 80 percent all year long.
Tamarind Square in Cyberjaya is a scenic modern-day mall that honors nature, with pockets of green and wide open spaces – a perfect location to house BookXcess as it encourages visitors to live at a slower pace.
The sprawling bookstore occupies a former carpark, covering a massive area of 37,000 square feet which have been divided into 11 sections including two event spaces and a children’s area.
Students from Cyberjaya’s handful of educational institutions such as Multimedia University (MMU), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology, and Kirkby International College are going to love BookXcess’ reading corner.
The large open working space comes complete with WiFi connection and plug points for those who need a space to work or study, and it is absolutely free of charge to use at any time of the day (or night).
Need a dose of caffeine? BookXcess Cyberjaya has an in-store cafe where you have a cup of coffee (and maybe a slice of cake) while taking your time browsing through your new buys.
Aptly, the items on the menu are named after famous authors and characters which any bookworm will recognize such as Ernest Ham-ingway (chicken ham with mayonnaise sandwich), Murakami (cold brew coffee), and Le Petit Prince (piccolo latte).
Visitors will be pleasantly surprised to find that the space has been dotted with art installations and quotes to stir up creative juices and inspire visitors including a large, rainbow-colored elephant and a life-sized car.
According to BookXcess chief product officer Yujeen Chua, the car was painstakingly and lovingly built by a Malaysian for his son’s wedding.
There is no better way to remember the late Yasmin Ahmad, an acclaimed Malaysian film director, writer, and scriptwriter and the executive creative director at Leo Burnett Kuala Lumpur than to dedicate an entire corner to her.
Currently, the museum displays pages of the script from Sepet, a multiple award-winning Malaysian teen romantic comedy-drama film directed by Yasmin Ahmad. Chua said there are future plans to screen her other works in a room.
BookXcess is located at Tamarind Square, Persiaran Multimedia, Cyber 11, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
For more information, head on over to its website.