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Virtual bookstore by Fully Booked for the social distancing era

Fully Booked has re-opened its online book shop amid quarantine. You can browse their website, or you may visit them at Lazada and Shopee.

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Source: Fully Booked's website

It has been several months since the announcement of the Covid-19 virus outbreak as a global health crisis. Months of self-quarantine and daydreaming about the last few times we were out and about may have left us accounting for many losses.

For book lovers and enthusiasts whose pastimes and contact with the outside world mainly consist of pre-meditated or spontaneous trips to their favorite bookstores, this loss is distinct and acute. We can no longer have the simple joys of smelling new prints, sifting through collections and hiding volumes for future purchase, finding paperbacks and their limited versions after months of hunting, observing other visitors and their choices, and perhaps chancing upon acquaintances or crushes at the nearby shelf.

So, we look online to have a second-best bookstore experience. Fortunately, Fully Booked has created a virtual library for us to explore and update our literary inventories with.

Fully Booked’s ‘online book store’

Last April, Fully Booked announced on their Facebook page the reopening of their online book store to cater to their customers during the quarantine. They reminded their patrons to extend more patience as they have limited drivers and couriers which could potentially cause delays in processing and shipping.

As of October 2020, some of their actual outlets have resumed operation, but their online bookstore remains open for those who do not have the option to physically browse for reads in their shop.

How does Fully Booked online work?

It works just like any other online shop. There are 3 payment methods: Dragonpay through Bayad Centers, Bank Deposits, and other remittance centers, PayPal Express, and Cash on Delivery.

The COD option is available nationwide. Standard shipping fee is Php155.00.

The delivery will take more than 7 days for areas outside Metro Manila. You can order on their website, or you can shop in their stores at Lazada and Shopee.

They also publish blog pieces regularly about new releases, book reviews, author features, online classes, and some bits about the literary world, so you can stay tuned for their frequent articles.

To contact Fully Booked, email them at [email protected] or message them on any of their social media platforms.

About Fully Booked

(taken from their website)

Fully Booked is all about finding the next great read. Whether it’s Fiction or a beloved Memoir, great stories are everywhere if you take the time to look.

Over the years, Fully Booked has grown from a bookstore to a lifestyle destination, carrying everything from books to arts and crafts to one-of-a-kind journals, that are as interesting as the people who drop by our stores.

Today, it continues to inspire a new generation of Filipino thinkers, thought tinkerers, and creators who write their lives in all shades of colours.

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