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Online Medical books in Malaysia: Unibooks.com.my

Unibooks Malaysia
A rather entrepreneurial friend of mine realized the Malaysia didn’t really have any niche bookstores that offered free delivery. Sure all the medical students knew where to get their textbooks from, and the designers knew where the best design books could be bought–but for the most part that involved a long trip to somewhere to the older parts of KL just to purchase a book or two. For some that may be a worthwhile sacrifice, just like buying electronics from lowyat, but for others that may involve either driving from Penang or even further just to get your hands on a desperately needed textbook at a an affordable price, that seemed a rather big price to pay.

So looking into that gap, he decided to start Unibooks, and what really makes me excited for him is the speed in which he manage to create the startup from nearly scratch and the fact that we’re seeing a lot of local startups flourish to meet the needs of Malaysians–the same needs that seem to be ignored by the bigger retailers.

Cheap Medical Books

Almost all uni students know that their biggest cost are text books, in fact if you’ve sharing a rented condo or a room, chances are that textbook cost actually be higher than your accommodation. Unibooks promises to be cheap, in fact if you’ve seen their ads they actually differentiate themselves on price. So just how cheap are they I wondered?

Of course, I had no idea what Medical books where like, so I decided to turn to my most trusted adviser–Google, and a quick search yielded one book in particular that is supposed to be the most popular Medical textbook of them all. Harrison’S Principles Of Internal Medicine.

Armed with a title for comparison, I decided to compare this one particular book across the famous bookstores in Malaysia, and here’s what I found:

Kinokuniya sold the book for a whooping RM1,030.75–that’s almost the price of a damn iPad. MPH sold the book for a more acceptable RM796, still pretty high but much much lower than Kinokuniya’s price. Even Amazon US was selling the book for USD169, which roughly converted to RM513 (before shipping).

Unibooks sold it for just Rm325 a more than 70% discount from Kinokuniya and 50% cheaper than what MPH was selling it for.These guys were really cheap.

Unibooks: Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine price
Of course very few people buy textbooks from the likes of MPH and Kinokuniya, but that at least gives you some understanding of the textbook prices in Malaysia. Like I mentioned, I’m sure many have far cheaper alternatives for Medical Books, but those small stores usually do not have an online presence and hence it’s hard to make any sort of comparison.

Convenient shipping

So, while most medical students will have a regular bookstore for them to get their medical books from–Unibooks does one better in offering free shipping nationwide. So for those studying in Penang or even in East Malaysia, procuring the books is a simple and straightforward online transaction (just like all transactions should be).

Unibooks allows for University students (and even parents) to buy cheap textbooks and have them delivered to the doorsteps.

I’m really excited about these online retailers popping up here and there, and if you’re a Medical Student please leave a comment on Unibooks service and price. If you haven’t already given them a try, I’d suggest you start now.

Head on over to Unibooks.com.my to try them out.