Cultivating a passion for reading at a young age is a wonderful habit for children to grow up with. So books are something that I have absolutely no qualms buying for the monkies and with an online bookstore like NoQ, it certainly makes my purchases more fuss-free and convenient.
NoQ online bookstore, founded by local publisher Times Publishing, stocks over 14 million titles at competitive prices which makes it one of the largest Asian-based bookstores online. And because it is based in Singapore, this means faster shipping and lower rates for us!
And no, it is not pronounced Nok. It’s supposed to be said as No-Q, as in no need to queue at the cashier geddit? But back to the books - navigating the website is a walk in the park, with more than 30 categories of books spanning nearly EVERY genre thinkable to pick from.
Not sure what to choose? Try the clever search bar, or even a bestseller list for book newbies looking for a great read. Parents will be glad to know that NoQ also has school textbooks and assessment books too. Okay, so I can hear the children groaning already.
Predictably, those were two categories that both Ash and Ayd were not too enthusiastic about when I first showed the site to them. But their interest perked up a few notches when I gave them a free rein to browse through the huge section of children's books.
Just check out the varied genres on the left column of the website - from Fiction, to Fairy Tales, to Educational, to Arts, to General Knowledge - there is indeed something to pique any child's interest. This also marked the first time that the boys called the shots in an online purchase. All I did was to give them an overall budget, they chose the books, I did a quick check to give the all-clear, the order was submitted and we were done!
For orders within Singapore, delivery is free for orders above S$25 and takes 7 to 14 business days to arrive. And for the boys, those days were the longest period in their lives! Everyday without fail, both of them took turns to question me if their books order had arrived. So you can probably imagine my huge sense of relief when that package finally made its appearance.
Say hello to the monkies' loot.
The brothers did not leave out Ale too, opting to gift her a 'Little Mermaid' storybook and a set of 6 'Peppa Pig' mini-books.
Of the three monkies, Ayd is the one with a ferocious appetite for books. He just loves to read, be it books, magazines or even signs in the toilets! And recently, he has taken an interest in those Choose-your-own-Adventure type of books which explained why he was bent on purchasing the 'Skylanders' and 'Batman' books from the NoQ store. As for the 'Captain Underpants' book, let's just say toilet humour has always been a hit with the boys.
Ash, on the other hand, is not as much as an avid reader as his brother. But give him a science-related book, and he will pore over it for a very long time. Even better if it has a totally gross or hideous title... much like the ones he chose.
Well, whatever works for him I guess.
What works for me though is the fact that shopping online via NoQ eliminates the need of intricate navigation, snaking queues and dealing with bolting kids on the loose at physical bookstores. Of course, it helps that the books are much cheaper at NoQ too, with most books going at a discount of up to 50%. Just do note that the prices you see are before the inclusion of the 7% GST tax rate.
And if you too want to let your fingers do the clicking, how about a 15% Discount and FREE shipping for ALL purchases from now till 30 April 2014 to sweeten the deal for my readers?
Just key in the discount code: CHEEKIE upon check-out!
This code is for unlimited usage, so you can even pass on the code to your other family members and friends so that they too can enjoy the promotion.
Terms and Conditions apply:
- Promotion is valid from now to 30 April 2014.
- Promotion cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.
- Promotion code can only be applied upon checkout and not to orders already placed
- Promotion not applicable to tax charges.