More Online Chinese Bookstores

More online Chinese bookstores:

YesAsia.com – Internet source for Asian entertainment products.
Site Language: English, Traditional, Simplified, Japanese
Physical Locations: No
Products: Books, Movies, Videos, Music, Games, Electronics, TV, Concerts, Music videos, Collectibles, Anime, Comics, Magazines, etc.
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese

Books Kinokuniya – I’ve been to the San Francisco store in Japantown and it is awesome, huge, and fantastic. Can’t say I saw many Chinese books, but I don’t know that I was looking that carefully. (Also have country specific websites listed at the bottom of their website.)
Site Language: English, Traditional, Japanese
Physical Locations: Multiple US and worldwide locations
Products: Books (all subjects)
Product Languages: Traditional, English, Japanese

Asian Parent  – I have ordered from them many times and have always been satisfied. Although I find the website itself rather clunky, the materials offered are of good quality. Some of the materials seem expensive to me, but I have usually waited for sales (most major US holidays and special occasions) and those have been worthwhile to me. Note: Free shipping on orders over $75 in the US.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Books (children), DVDs, CDs, workbooks, board books, flash cards, chapter books, Chinese classics, Western classics, books with audio CDs, nursery rhymes, learn Chinese textbooks
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, English, bilingual

Even More Chinese Bookstores

Here are even more online Chinese bookstores:

Singapore Math Inc. – Official US Distributor of Singapore Math materials. There are no English instructions or translations in the Chinese language instructional books. This series requires a teacher with proficiency in the Chinese Language. This series is NOT suitable for adult beginners trying to learn the Chinese Language. There are no teacher resources. They also provide some sample pages on site. Singapore Math also provides Math and Science materials in English.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Latest Chinese books used in Singapore primary schools (grades 1-6) – Chinese Language for Primary Schools. Chinese Language for Primary Schools (New Edition) is now available for Primary 1A through 6B. Also
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin

Pandabook – A one-stop Chinese learning resource shop. They specialize in providing materials for Chinese Immersion schools and Chinese Schools.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: San Jose, CA (Bay Area) – Not open to public. Appointment only.
Products: Textbooks, Board Books, CDs, DVDs, Books, Picture Books, Graded Readers, Western story books, fairy tales, dictionaries, Math, Chinese classic stories, Math, Games, and crafts
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, bilingual, English

China Sprout –  Site promotes learning of Chinese language and culture by providing Chinese and English books relating to Chinese language, Chinese test, Chinese food, Chinese zodiac, Chinese symbols, Chinese music, Chinese tea, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese New Year, Moon Festival, Spring Festival, Dragon Boat Festival and Chinese Arts. We also sell Chinese crafts, Chinese clothes and silk clothing.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Textbooks (elementary – university), supplementary materials, Adult learners, HSK materials, Business Chinese, teacher sourcebooks, flash cards, posters, dictionaries, picturenaries, picture books, adoption books, culture books
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, bilingual, English

Chinese Montessori Society – Note: I was cautioned to be wary of the quality, but there may be some good resources for preschoolers.
Site Language: Simplified Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: Teaching books, parenting books, children’s books, Montessori teaching materials
Product Languages: Simplified

Formosa Yes – A US-based online bookstore for Taiwanese books.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: Chinese literature, maps, natural sciences, magnet books, pop-up books
Product Languages: Traditional, zhuyin

Yet More Chinese Bookstores

Here are yet more online Chinese bookstores:

SageBooks (思展) – Provides proprietary literacy materials for young readers. Explores the philosophy, history, art, geographic nature and many other interesting facets of China.
Site Language: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Physical Locations: Hong Kong
Products: Proprietary learning materials, children’s books (learning Chinese and stories), multimedia, ebooks, free learning resources
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English, pinyin

Yahoo Online Auction Store – While technically not a bookstore, you can get books this way. This is the Taiwan-based site and you can occasionally find books or other educational materials here. It is an online auction and in a foreign currency, though!
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: anything – but you can search for books, etc.
Product Languages: Traditional

Jiang Sheng Educational Co., Ltd (劍聲幼教事業機構) – Mostly an Educational company, they provide a lot of classroom materials and some Chinese Montessori items
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: No
Products: classroom materials, Chinese Montessori learning materials
Product Languages: Traditional

Wink to Learn – Provide early learning flash cards, DVDs, and streaming videos in multiple languages
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: No
Products: Flash cards, DVDs, streaming videos
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English, Arabic, other Asian and European languages

XinYi (信誼) – Children’s bookstore, toys, and learning materials. I’ve personally visited this store and it’s a nice, cozy shop with helpful staff. There are a ton of learning materials, books, toys, DVDs, and even electronic readers that teach zhuyin and sight words. There are several areas where kids can play, including a tiny, adjacent playground.
Site Language: Traditional
Physical Locations: Taipei
Products: Children’s books, toys, learning materials, CDs, DVDs
Product Languages: Traditional, English, zhuyin

More Chinese Bookstores

Here are a few more online Chinese bookstores:

World Journal Bookstore (世界書局) – Bookstore affiliated with The World Journal newspaper (世界日報). Also has a children’s, magazine and Simplified books section.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical Locations: Multiple US locations
Products: Books (all subjects), magazines, children’s section
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified,

Little Monkey and Mouse – A bookstore that features fun, attractive, and high-quality Chinese reading & educational materials, interactive media, toys, art and cultural products from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China. Includes books with zhuyin and pinyin.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: Belmont, CA (Bay Area)
Products: Books, educational materials, interactive media, toys, art and cultural products
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin, English, Spanish

Greenfield Education Center (青田教育中心) – This center publishes and sells high quality children books in Chinese and English geared for ages 0-14, as well as books for parents. They also hold courses for parents, teachers, and children.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English
Physical Locations: Hong Kong
Products: Proprietary learning materials, children’s books (learning Chinese and stories), multimedia, English books, parenting books
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English

NanHai – Store provides pinyin or character only Simplified textbooks (K-college), test prep, and books. They also provide seminars, workshops, art, and cultural experiences. (ETA 4/23/15) According to CL, a fellow parent in one of my FB groups, she feels that Nanhai is not particularly catering towards the younger population; many of their books are for adult learners. Children books are limited. She bought from them once before and the service was fine.
Site Language: English
Physical Locations: Santa Clara, CA (Bay Area)
Products: K- college multiple subject textbooks, test prep, teacher aids, readers, reference materials, seminars, workshops, cultural experiences
Product Languages: Simplified, pinyin, bilingual, English

Mei Zhou Hua Yu (美洲語華) – Publisher of textbooks (K-10) in pinyin Traditional, zhuyin Traditional, pinyin Simplified. Also provide homework samples. Note: They do not have online ordering capabilities. You have to download an order form, fill it out, and then send the form and check to a Southern Californian address.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, English
Physical Locations: No
Products: K-10 textbooks, homework samples
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, zhuyin, pinyin

Some Chinese Bookstores

Here are a few online Chinese bookstores:

Books.com – Traditional online bookstore for all types of books (eg: fiction, non-fiction, etc).
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: No
Products: Books (all subjects), magazines, children’s section, CDs, DVDs, and lots of other stuff (eg: housewares, etc.)
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English

Eslite (誠品書店) – The most awesome bookstore in Taiwan and its online home.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Multiple Taiwan locations
Products: Books (all subjects), magazines, children’s section, CDs, DVDs, stationery, housewares
Product Languages: Traditional, English

Ya Book (雅博客) – Used books.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Taipei
Products: Books (all subjects)
Product Languages: Traditional

Mollie (Jasmine) Used Books (茉莉二手書店) – Used book site.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Multiple Taiwan locations
Products: Books (all subjects)
Product Languages: Traditional

k9Books (康軒書屋) – Textbooks
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: New Taipei City
Products: K-12 Taiwanese textbooks (multiple subjects), teacher editions
Product Languages: Traditional, English

Kingstone (金石堂網路書店) – Bookstore, stationery, magazines, toys, and other goods and services. (Looks almost like a Taiwanese version of Amazon)
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Multiple Taiwan locations
Products: Books (all subjects), magazines, children’s section, CDs, DVDs, stationery, housewares, appliances, toys, apparel
Product Languages: Traditional, English

PC Home Online – Online shopping mall/portal site. Also has US shop.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Multiple Taiwan locations
Products: Books (all subjects), magazines, children’s section, CDs, DVDs, stationery, housewares, appliances, toys, apparel, etc.
Product Languages: Traditional, English

San Min (三民網路書店) – Great physical store with lots of study guide and textbooks. Also has a sections that sell stationery, movies, comics, and Simplified books.
Site Language: Traditional Chinese
Physical locations: Multiple Taipei locations
Products: Study guides, textbooks (university), government publications, CDs, DVDs, stationery
Product Languages: Traditional, Simplified, English

How To Get Simplified Chinese eBooks From China

A tip from a Mandarin Immersion school parent (taken originally from the Raising bilingual children in Chinese & English Facebook group) on how to purchase simplified Chinese ebooks from China using your US KINDLE or Kindle app. These may not be all the steps but should get you started.

Chinese Kindle books cost about ¥ 2-6 (US $ 0.50 – $1.00) so the appeal is obvious. If you currently have a US Kindle account on your iPad or tablet, you will need to:

  1. Deregister: delete current Kindle books loaded in the device under US account.
  2. Re-register US account. You will need to redo all book downloads.
  3. Create new China Kindle account by going to www.amazon.cn
    • Click English if you like
    • Click on account, create an account, enter email address and password
    • Click on payment option for entering credit card or enter in Kindle gift card code
    • Enter your billing address, be sure to click on international
  4. Purchase Kindle gift card
    • Buy gift cards: eliminate foreign transaction fees
    • No limit of 6 books in 24 hrs in the case of credit card
  5. Pick reading code: AA, AB, AN, ending N is non-fiction or classic reading
    • Be sure it says [Kindle 电子书]
  6. Download dictionary: hold down one character, then it will ask for dictionary to download, select language, Chi-Chi, Chi-Eng

Hope that helps! Thanks again to the original parent and to the Facebook group!