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The entrance to Borders at QueensBay, Penang, which was officially opened during the weekend. Penang, at long last, has a "civilised" bookshop like Borders and Barnes and Noble in the States where one can sit and browse for hours on end, enjoying a cup of coffee and the pleasure of availing oneself of the books and magazines without the fear of being chased out by the management. Unfortunately I noticed that some of their books were wrapped tightly in plastic, the unfriendly way of displaying books as practised by MPH and also Popular Bookstore. Ah well, I suppose this is the price we pay for being a "third world" country! Borders at QueensBay offers a novel gift idea. Their electronic gift cards can be loaded with as little as RM20 and up to a maximum of RM1000 and there is no expiry date. However, they are only usable in Malaysia where there are only 2 outlets at present. The other one is at Berjaya Times Square.
Starbucks Coffee is inside Borders and there is a large window overlooking Penang Bridge. At night the panoramic view of the bridge is lovely.
The third photo shows a section of Borders that offers souvenirs for sale.