Q8Bookstore Now Open

Post by Fajer Ahmed

Hey everyone, just like Mark promised I am going to talk to you a little bit more about q8books, and just like a lot of you already know most of the books (and shelves) came from the old q8books. My fabulous team made a short video on how the new q8books came together:


If you want the longer version that Mark thinks is boring click [Here]

The bookstore is non-profit, all the interior was done by an awesome team who worked on it for nearly 3 months, we have around 15,000 books made of but not limited to the following genres: science, music, art, hobbies, history & politics, biographies, families, self help & motivation, cooking, travel, foreign languages, business, reference, romance, women’s fiction, thrillers, mystery, suspense, children, young adult, classics, sci-fi.

Location: We are outside Bayt Lothan right next to Marina Mall on the Gulf road [Google Maps]

Timings: 5PM to 9:30PM on weekdays and 10AM to 9PM on weekends

How the bookstore works
The average price of a book is 1-2KD but it goes down to free and up to 5KD. 50% of the price of the book is a deposit the other 50% is a reading charge. When you bring the book back you get the deposit 50% back as STORE CREDIT (not cash).

You can also donate English books to us, or swap them for store credit.

We have been blessed that Bayt Lothan has supported our cause of promoting reading in Kuwait and have given us a very charming place free of charge, and because of that we are able to have policies like;

1) If your in a writing club or reading club, you can meet free of charge at our bookstore,
2) If you’re a local writer feel free to have your books at the store free of charge
3) We have art pieces donated by a lot of supportive local artists, and we are just happy that we are able to really be a community project.

For more info please follow is on instagram and twitter @q8bookstore or call us on 97182730 or email us at ask@fajerthelawyer.com

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25 comments, add your own...

  1. meh says:

    Do you have Kindles?

  2. John Beaumont says:

    The email address for Q8 Books in the story doesn’t work: “Delivery has failed to these recipients or groups – q8books@baytlothan.com. A problem occurred during the delivery of this message to this e-mail address. Try sending this message again. If the problem continues, please contact your helpdesk.”

    Could you please confirm or correct the email address for Q8 Books? Many thanks.

  3. rayboy says:

    Hi fajer, would you take in magazines? like HBR and others?

  4. rayboy says:

    Also will you be open this EID?

  5. Ahmed says:

    How exactly does “Store Credit” work in your store?

  6. neoark25 says:

    Noooooooo, I hate books since the incident… *remembers when huge book fell on his toes*

  7. Fares hallak says:

    Did they manga series such as attack on titan, hellsing, bakuman & more?

  8. neoark25 says:

    btw if you have like collection of video game magazine, i’ll 100% come to read them :D

  9. Adam says:

    To see such efforts coming from a person like Fajer, you know Kuwait’s in safe hands!

  10. Emme says:

    So, it’s like a library, except you have to pay to read the books? Just want to be clear. I’m all for the promotion of reading, and in fact I wish there were more available resources, such as libraries, for the public in Kuwait. Particularly that carry books written in English. :D

  11. Emme says:

    So you get the deposit back if you return the book, the deposit being good toward the next book you get, and if you decide to keep the book, you just forgo getting your deposit back. Hmmm…. :)

  12. fatima says:

    Absolutely loved the place.Can’t wait to be there this friday with my bibliophiles group! Good going gal!

  13. Jacqui says:

    Well done Fajer on the opening of the bookstore it truly felt so warm and welcoming! Can’t believe how big the space has become since the previous location!

  14. Nand says:

    I donated a few books but never knew about the reading credits. Met Abdullah there who is very passionate about books and we only hope they get adequate support to continue this wonderful initiative.

  15. Fares Hallak says:

    I said do u have manga(japanese comics).

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