A Singapore-based international bookstore has attracted the attention of local rivals with the soft opening this week of what it says is the largest bookstore in Taiwan.
\nPage One, established in 1983, made its debut in Taiwan on Monday on the fourth floor of the Taipei 101 Mall. With 720 ping of sales area, the company said it aims to become the largest international mega-bookstore in the country.
\n"Taiwan is the place with the most vigorous growth in the world in the Chinese-book-trading market," said Dennis Liu (劉春豪), the bookstore's corporate affairs manager.
\nThe Taipei 101 branch is Page One's 11th store, following expansion to Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong and Australia.
\nThe company invested about NT$150 million in the new branch, which will stock 170,000 books in Chinese and 160,000 in English. It is particularly proud of the 20,000 books it will offer on art and design.
\n"Our huge selection of art and design books is our distinguishing feature from the competitors," Liu said. "The estimated 85,000 highly educated office workers in Taipei 101 will be the target customers for our numerous books in English."
\nPage One hopes to draw 5,000 visitors daily and expects to create sales of NT$35 million in its first year, Liu said.
\nSome booklovers praised Page One's interior design and ample space, as well as its plentiful supply of books in English.
\n"The new and big space is comfortable and the abundant selection of books offered can meet consumers' needs," said Sophia Su, a 30 year-old teacher.
\nAnother customer agreed, saying the rest corners and lighted areas made customers feel respected.
\n"I think it makes the store more appealing than Eslite (
PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES
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