The best local online secondhand bookstores: 2017 edition

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Here are 10 more online secondhand bookstores to satisfy your literary fix — as if you needed more excuses to hoard books. Photo by ALDRIN CALIMLIM

Manila (CNN Philippines Life) — Today, you no longer need to mail missives to a quaint bookstore in a far-flung country (like what the author of “84, Charing Cross Road” did decades ago) to inquire about — and hopefully acquire — your desired editions. All it takes now is a click of a mouse or a tap of a finger, and right from the comfort of your desk or couch, at that.

To address your “shelf-indulgence,” aka book hoarding, we’ve added 10 more local secondhand bookstores that you might want to visit (and revisit) online — presented, like many a bookshelf, in alphabetical order. Visit our 2016 list for more online secondhand bookstores.

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Book Duke

Book Duke prides itself on selling new and used books “without the royal price tag.” Despite its noble title, it has a wide selection of books that will please the common reader, especially one who enjoys collecting and reading old mass market paperbacks of famous works (such as Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood” and Margaret Mitchell’s “Gone With the Wind”) or more recent reissues of modern classics (such as John Williams’ “Stoner” and Anaïs Nin’s “Delta of Venus”). Watch out for its one-off promos and occasional sales on special book bundles.

Book Duke is on Facebook and Instagram, where you can reserve books by commenting on their photos. Payment for the total cost plus shipping fee may be made via bank deposit through BDO or remittance through Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC, or Palawan Express. You may also opt for meetups at Abreeza Mall, NCCC Mall, SM Ecoland, or SM Lanang in Davao City, where Book Duke is based.

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Books ni Tess

The eponymous proprietor of Books ni Tess is looking to turn over possession of her preloved books to someone else, so she is constantly putting various titles up for sale — from children’s books, such as “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” to works by Nobel laureates such as Gabriel García Márquez and Elie Wiesel, and from bestselling nonfiction like “Who Moved My Cheese?” to so-called commercial fiction like “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”

Comment on photos on Books ni Tess’ Facebook page to reserve books, and then pay for the total cost plus shipping fee via bank deposit through BDO or BPI or remittance through Globe GCash. You may also opt for meetups at SM Megamall or SM North Edsa, or choose to pick up your reserved books and browse for more at Books ni Tess’ stall at the Greenfield Weekend Market, which takes place every Friday and Saturday on Mayflower St., Greenfield District, Central Park, Mandaluyong City.

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Bookulaw

Bookulaw (its bilingual portmanteau name roughly translates to “Reading Ape”) comes out with a new batch of books for sale only once or twice a month, and even then, the number of books is not exactly huge. But what it lacks in quantity, it more than makes up for in quality, considering that offered titles often include literary luminaries like Jhumpa Lahiri, Alice Munro, Philip Roth, and Mario Vargas Llosa.

Bookulaw is on Facebook, where you can reserve books by commenting on their photos. Payment for the total cost plus shipping fee may be made via BPI bank deposit.

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The Book Snoop

If your tastes in books are eclectic, you will find plenty of potential new additions to your library on The Book Snoop. Its monthly uploads are impressive in their number — about 500 titles are put up for sale every time — and even more impressive in their variety, ranging from popular literary classics to little-known coffee-table books.

Comment on photos on The Book Snoop’s Facebook page to reserve books, and then pay for the total cost plus shipping fee via BDO bank deposit or remittance through Cebuana Lhuillier or LBC. You may also opt for meetups at SM Manila, SM San Lazaro, or The One Tower (near University of Santo Tomas).

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Librodega

By many accounts, Librodega (another shop with a bilingual portmanteau name, this time aptly meaning “bookstore”) is one of the local online secondhand bookstores with the most affordable offerings. Indeed, seldom do the prices of its books go beyond ₱300, a cottage industry anomaly that is all the more remarkable given the quality of the books, in terms of both their condition and their content.

Librodega is on Facebook and Instagram, where you can reserve books by commenting on their photos. Payment for the total cost plus shipping fee may be made via BDO bank deposit.

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Literati Haven

True to its name, Literati Haven promises to be a place, albeit a virtual one, for people who are interested in literature. If you consider yourself among such people, you’d do well to check out its perennial uploads of books for sale, which notably feature recent releases like Lauren Groff’s “Fates and Furies” alongside out-of-print editions of classic novels like Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”

Comment on photos on Literati Haven’s Facebook page to reserve books, and then pay for the total cost plus shipping fee via BPI bank deposit. You may also opt for meetups at Shangri-La Plaza, SM Light Mall, or SM Megamall.

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MPcurious

Managed by a couple named Marvin and Pinky, MPcurious has a selection of affordable books, many of which have long gone out of print and are therefore hard to find in brick-and-mortar secondhand bookshops, let alone in the big bookstore chains. What’s more, this selection is easily searchable and browsable thanks to MPcurious’ storefront website.

MPcurious’ website is linked to MPcurious’ Facebook page, where you can reserve books by commenting on their photos.  Payment for the total cost plus shipping fee may be made via bank deposit through BPI or Unionbank, or remittance through Cebuana Lhuillier or LBC.

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Porch Reader Philippines

Porch Reader Philippines effectively resells used and remaindered books it acquires from websites such as Book Outlet and ThriftBooks. It also offers a sort of personal shopper service, whereby you could ask Porch Reader Philippines to buy books from those websites on your behalf for a small fee, on top of the prices of books and their shipping.

Porch Reader Philippines is on Facebook and Instagram, where you can reserve books by commenting on their photos. Payment for the total cost plus shipping fee may be made via BPI bank deposit or remittance through Cebuana Lhuillier, LBC, or Palawan Express.

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Surprisesoutofboxes

Agatha Christie, Roald Dahl, “The Little Prince,” “Winnie-the-Pooh,” and the like have become staples of Surprisesoutofboxes’ selection. Still, the store manages to make good on the promise of its moniker with the diversity of its other offerings for readers of all ages and persuasions.

Comment on photos on Surprisesoutofboxes’ Facebook page to reserve books, and then pay for the total cost plus shipping fee via bank deposit through BDO or BPI or remittance through Cebuana Lhuillier, Globe GCash, LBC, or Palawan Express. You may also opt for meetups at SM Mall of Asia.

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Yumi Thriftshop

Antiquarian editions of Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” and Machiavelli’s “The Prince.” Modern reprints of Don DeLillo’s “White Noise” and John Steinbeck’s “The Grapes of Wrath.” Complete sets of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” and George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire.” These are just a few of the fantastic finds that you might end up with when you visit Yumi Thriftshop online.

Comment on photos on Yumi Thriftshop’s Facebook page to reserve books, and then pay for the total cost plus shipping fee via remittance through LBC or Palawan Express. You may also opt to pick up your reserved books and browse for more at Yumi Thriftshop’s physical store at Esteban St., Quezon City.