It's safe to say that Nazir Hazir Fadzilah loves his books. After all, he spends most of his time around them as a full-time bookseller at his very own Tintabudi bookshop. He's also the manager of Tintabudi publishing and one of the founding members of journal Svara, a contemporary Malay periodical focusing on writing about art, literature, culture and society.
What prompted you to start an independent bookshop in Kuala Lumpur? It was hard for me to find books that I wanted to read in local bookstores, so I thought, why not open a bookshop where I can source books that I really want to read!
As we grew as a business entity, the selection process was also influenced by interactions with our customers: what they find interesting and their suggestions.
Where do you source most of the books from? Most of the books are sourced from overseas, but we’ve had some instances where people have sold and donated their books to us.
What are your thoughts on the reading culture in Malaysia? It's definitely growing. I do feel a lot more people, especially the young ones, have made reading a habit.
Tell us more about the process of selecting the books sold at Tintabudi! At first I was just trying to bring in titles that I found interesting and important by looking through catalogs and bibliographies of the books that I enjoy reading. From there, the list of titles grew. As we grew as a business entity, the selection process was also influenced by interactions with our customers: what they find interesting and their suggestions. As long as it falls under our focus — the humanities subjects — we’ll consider bringing them in.
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