28 Jan '12, 11pm

Singapore bookstores offering new product lines and big discounts in bid to counter Net rivals, rising rents

Singapore bookstores offering new product lines and big discounts in bid to counter Net rivals, rising rents

Last year, Borders (above) closed down and Page One announced its closure here. But smaller bookstores say the impact of online competition has been smaller on them, and they try different ways to keep customers coming back. -- ST FILE PHOTO By Feng Zengkun and Kezia Toh Visitors to bookstore chain MPH will find an unusual product on its shelves next week - an electronic book reader. The company plans to start stocking the iRiver eReader, and will offer an initial 280,000 electronic book titles, with more than 200 of them for free. The move is the bookstore's latest bid to boost sales in tougher times. Book retailers told The Sunday Times that online rivals and rising rents are slashing their profits, even as shoppers here spend more money on books, newspapers and stationery. Between 2007 and 2009, spending on these three product lines increased from $656 million to $765 m...

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