About Us

Why We Do It

Ordinary People Trying To Do Something Extraordinary

How Books SG Started

We were helping a friend, who was moving house, pack his storeroom when we came across the book, The Teenage Textbook, stuffed in one of the boxes. This was a book that we read when we were young and we were amazed that he still kept this book. Flipping through the book, it evoked a sense of nostalgia for us as it was a book we all read during our teenage years.

Our conversation then moved on to talking about other local authors we grew up with such as Paik Choo and Catherine Lim. This led us to wonder, in this age of modern technology, it must be tough to be an author in Singapore. With so many medium, such as Tik Tok, Instagram, Youtube and Facebook, vying for attention of Singaporeans, more often than not, reading a books takes a back seat. With a dwindling reader base, this may result as a disincentive for our local authors to publish new books. In addition, this may also prevent young and talented writers to pursue a career as an author.

This sparked into an idea to create a community for Singapore authors to engage with their readers and potential readers. More that just a book review site, the readers can connect with the authors to discuss more about the books, discover the author’s other works. For the author, this will also be an additional marketing channel. Members of the community can also join interest groups/genres or forum discussions to connect with other members with similar interest.

This was how Books SG was born. We hope that through this community, it will keep the local literary scene more vibrant and also support our authors to continue publishing quality works.

Needless to say, not much packing was done that day.

Meet The Team

Shariza Kamil

Market Development

I grew up reading books by Enid Blyton and Nancy Drew. I always visualized myself as a crime solving sleuth when reading those books.

I’ve always been intrigued by how authors write stories that keep their readers engaged and entertained. Working closely with the local publishers recently, I realized that there are many well-written books by our talented local authors. Unfortunately, there is not enough awareness and acknowledgment for this interesting pool of writers.

With Books SG, I want to help to grow the community of readers, thinkers and writers in Singapore.

Rajesh Nair

Strategy & Finance

When we were kids, my mom used to take me and my brother to the old National Library in Stamford Road every Saturday and leave us there while she ran errands. When I moved to Spain many years later to live and work, in order to learn Spanish, I re-read all those books I read as a child at the National Library but in Spanish; from Enid Blyton to CS Lewis.

I feel that people read less in depth these days and the popularity of apps that summarise books for you is proof of this. I have two young daughters and I want to inculcate the habit of reading in them as my mother did with me and introduce local children’s books to them.

I hope that Books SG will bring our local authors to the prominence that they deserve.

Hadey Latiff

Technical Lead & SEOcial Media


Always understood the importance of being earnest.

A firm believer that a person who does not read has no advantage over a person who can’t read.

Truly amazed that Bill Gates, who already has so much on his plate and trying to make the world a better place, always has the time to read so many books. There shouldn’t be any excuses for us then!

Among my precious possessions is the book, The Fandi Ahmad Story, signed by the man himself.