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.
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.