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Thread: Residents' Book Exchange or Loan Club

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwchang
    While racking my memories for a suitable public building for such a noble idea, the first thing that came to mind was the 3K or the 3C complexes. But alas, these places are in the midst of traffic jams of Sunway and Kewajipan.

    Then what about disused covered car parks? Unfortunately the one at Taipan-2 (USJ21?) is "for sale"

    Anyone have contacts with Summit/Sunway/Carrefour/DigitalMall ? Could be good for a Sunday book-club or equivalent ... currently the DigitalMall is quite deserted - can help draw crowd there if the management is willing to donate floor space and tables.
    Subang Square is quite ok
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sentinel
    I am an avid reader - I read anything - even when I am waiting to see the doctor or whatever, I must read something, whether its the newspaper, magazines or anything that I can lay my hands on.

    I buy a lot of books - about 2-3 each month - and I have realised that these books which have been more expensive than any other parts of the world, are getting much more costlier these days.

    Today I bought a book Meinkampf by Adolf Hitler at the MPH and it costs me MYR104.90! Its not even hardcover, its a paperback edition, for Godsake....

    Even the book Blue Ocean Strategy, a hardcover, was MYR102! I checked and it was only SGD28.00 at Borders in Singapore.

    What is going on? Is it high taxes and import duty or are the book and stationery retailers having a cartel of some sort and keep margins high?

    How can we have a learned society if books are that costly? How can we encourage our people to read if they tax highly on books? Whats going on, anybody know?
    I used to ask that question too! But strangely, my grand niece who was here very recently on holiday, bought a few paperback novels. When I asked her if it isnt cheaper to buy in London, she said it's cheaper here ! I was stumped!! In fact, I have hardly bought books these days as I find them far too exorbitant!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolrasiah
    Subang Square is quite ok
    For Subang Jaya it certainly is.

    I think the USJ19 digital mall is a good site for USJ & putra hieghts residents - especially since it is far enough away from the more jammed areas of Pers. Kewajipan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick
    I used to ask that question too! But strangely, my grand niece who was here very recently on holiday, bought a few paperback novels. When I asked her if it isnt cheaper to buy in London, she said it's cheaper here ! I was stumped!! In fact, I have hardly bought books these days as I find them far too exorbitant!!
    Is she talking about the exchange rate?

    Cheers, m
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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick
    I used to ask that question too! But strangely, my grand niece who was here very recently on holiday, bought a few paperback novels. When I asked her if it isnt cheaper to buy in London, she said it's cheaper here ! I was stumped!! In fact, I have hardly bought books these days as I find them far too exorbitant!!
    Can''t be lah, Patrick. I buy books everywhere I go, mainly at airport lounges, the cheapest books are in the US and yes... the little red dot city in the south. I just bought The Innocent Man by John Grisham for USD7.99 and the price at MPH Gurney Plaza here in Penang says MYR59.80.... I also bought Dan Brown's Deception Point for MYR60.90 but it was only SGD18.80 down at Changi Terminal 2....

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    Quote Originally Posted by patrick
    I used to ask that question too! But strangely, my grand niece who was here very recently on holiday, bought a few paperback novels. When I asked her if it isnt cheaper to buy in London, she said it's cheaper here ! I was stumped!! In fact, I have hardly bought books these days as I find them far too exorbitant!!
    Certain books are published in hardcover for "richer" countries and paperback form for "poorer" countries. For textbooks there are "low-priced editions" only for sale in developing countries. So it is not surprising certain books are cheaper here compared to UK.

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    so are we going to do ANYTHING ABOUT IT? i mean of setting up a "book-nook-club" or something like that.
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    Ive got a councillor who is interested in hearing more. I sent him the link for this thread & he is now a usj.com.my member so Im sure he will start posting here too to give some feedback.

    Cheers, m
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    Quote Originally Posted by AllUrban
    Ive got a councillor who is interested in hearing more. I sent him the link for this thread & he is now a usj.com.my member so Im sure he will start posting here too to give some feedback.

    Cheers, m
    Hi guys,

    I'm the councillor that Moaz mentioned. I think its an interesting idea, even though i can hardly find the time to read nowadays. How can MPSJ or JKP Zone 3 be of help to get this started (p.s. this is not a blank cheque, but I'd like to do what I can to help


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    We need a space big enough for families to meet every Sunday afternoon say from 2 - 6 pm in an airconditioned hall with chairs and tables and perhaps 1 or 2 water coolers. This is to allow them to exchange books, get to know each other too... good for community bond-building.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cskok8
    Certain books are published in hardcover for "richer" countries and paperback form for "poorer" countries. For textbooks there are "low-priced editions" only for sale in developing countries. So it is not surprising certain books are cheaper here compared to UK.
    No, it was definitely a novel. Let me try to check on the title and even the price in UK and here. Just for academic interest.

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    The Sony Ebook is not in Malaysia. Just checked at MV this morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rajiv
    Hi guys,

    I'm the councillor that Moaz mentioned. I think its an interesting idea, even though i can hardly find the time to read nowadays. How can MPSJ or JKP Zone 3 be of help to get this started (p.s. this is not a blank cheque, but I'd like to do what I can to help


    Cheers...
    To start the ball rolling Mr. Councillor, can u please find some nice souls within SJ community plus MPSJ guys to find a disable friendly/family friendly/singles friendly place that doesn’t COST a bom. Then round up all the guys/gals who have showed a keen interest (including me as well) to pool their ‘brain-power’ together. Pisto, something will surely materialized – for sure.

    Please start working on it as soon as possible & don’t file it up in your office. TQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Carolrasiah
    To start the ball rolling Mr. Councillor, can u please find some nice souls within SJ community plus MPSJ guys to find a disable friendly/family friendly/singles friendly place that doesn’t COST a bom. Then round up all the guys/gals who have showed a keen interest (including me as well) to pool their ‘brain-power’ together. Pisto, something will surely materialized – for sure.

    Please start working on it as soon as possible & don’t file it up in your office. TQ
    Fully agree! Do it once,do it now and do it right!

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