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30-year-old secondhand book store survives against the odds

ANA Book Store at Far East Plaza is the last secondhand book store in the core Orchard Road vicinity.

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NOT too long ago, you could easily come across people reading a physical book on the train or bus. That is a rarer sight today, with almost everyone busy tapping away on their mobile phones or some other electronic device.

Not only do brick-and-mortar bookstores have to deal with declining patronage, they also have to compete in a world with alternatives such as e-books, and local and international e-commerce platforms that deliver books right to one's doorstep.

Mohd Noorul Islam, the 69-year-old owner...

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