Buying books in Nigeria is one of the numerous problems of any Nigerian who loves to read and collect good books. For years, we've been stuck with really old bookshops that do not stock popular fiction or even African fiction.
But recently, there has been a steady uprising of new online bookstores that have a lot of books that you'll actually want to read that aren't Nora Roberts, Dan Brown or Nicholas Sparks.
In this post, I'll be showing 5 places where you can buy good books online in Nigeria, both mint new and in gently used conditions.
1. 1k Bookstand.
This is the only bookstore on this list that sells each book for #1000 or less. It's Nigeria's first thrift bookstore where you'll find used books at ridiculously cheap prices. You can also sell them books that you no longer want to keep or bookish crafts that you handmake.
Here, you'll find gently used copies of popular book, ageless classics and Africanbooks, all at a thousand naira or less You'll also find really cute bookmarks here at about #300 – #400 if you fancy them.
You can send a DM to @1kbookstand on Twitter or Instagram to place your order.
2. Roving Heights.
At Roving Heights, you'd find bestsellers, American fiction and African literature in new, pristine condition. If you're looking for a book that has just been released, you'll most probably find it here or be able to pre-order it.
They also include really nice bookmarks in your order when you buy a number of books. If you want to buy books you find on awards list, chances are you'll find them here. You can order from them by sending a DM to @rovingheights on Twitter or Instagram or by sending a mail to email@example.com
3. Amab Books.
Amab is a bookstore located in Minna, which has a big online front. If you want the complete Harry Potter series, Percy Jackson collection or even the Game of Thrones series, you'll find them here. They also stock classics ranging from Kafka to Freud. You'll also find great poetry here.
If you're a fan of Dean Koontz, Stephen King, Sophie Kinsella or Jodi Picoult, Amab Books is where you should be spending your money. They also have titles from Helen Oyeyemi, Khaled Hosseini, Teju Cole, Yaa Gyasi and more. You can find them on Instagram or Twitter at @amabbooks or a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org to order.
4. The Book Dealer.
The Book Dealer is a little different from the stores mentioned above because it's more of a powerful book-finding tool than a regular bookstore.
Want a book that you can't find anywhere else? Need a Cyprian Ekwensi, Amos Tutuola or even Buchi Emecheta that you can't just seem to get? The Book Dealer's got you. All you have to do is give them a list of the titles you want and just chill, they'll find it and deliver it to you.
You can also get children's books and rare classic collectibles here as well. You can find them at @thebookdealerng or call 08102550106 to place an order
5. Twang Africa.
Twang is a relatively new online bookstore that stocks a huge variety of books. They have titles ranging from foreign literature to inspiration, self help, down to African literature, Twang Africa has it all.
If you want to collect a lot of books about healthy living, business, religion or even TED Talks, this is where you should go to. They also stock books for kids and lovers of crafts as well.
You can find them @twangafrica on Twitter or Instagram or you can shoot them a mail at email@example.com