One of the joys of living in the Philippines is we are the black hole of English-language books. Or rather, this is where books go to die. Being one of the biggest consumers of English books in the world, we get our share of the brand-new stuff – but the real prize, especially for people with tight budgets – is the remaindered stuff. You know, the extra stock that never get sold by publishers, either through overprinting or whatever.
So our second-hand bookstores take it all in and sell them at bargain basement prices. Booksale Philippines is arguably the largest chain of second-hand bookstores in the country and they carry a very wide selection of books – of course, the fact that they circulate their books through branches means that what you saw in one branch last month may end up somewhere in the Visayas next week.
Anyway, with the manga mania abroad, it’s understandable that quite a few manga books end up on their shelves. This one though is a find. Costing $13 before shipping on Amazon, the Official xxxHolic Guide costs a cheap 180 Philippine pesos – that $4 – without shipping. There’s several copies in several Booksales in Metro Manila, all of them still shrink wrapped or at least in good condition. Check them out for several more bargains.