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About Kingstone

KINGSTONE CULTURE SQUARE

Established in 1983, Kingstone Bookstore is the oldest chain store in Taiwan. Over the past thirty-one years, Kingstone has not only been operating more than sixty physical bookstores but has also established Digital Kingstone, an online bookstore, to serve Chinese book readers worldwide. To provide better, more efficient service, Kingstone has also built up its own merchandising and distribution center, Kingsmond Book Co., Ltd.






KINGSTONE BOOK CO., LTD

Kingstone's founder, Tu Su Chou, had originally planned to build up a library in the original factory of his textile business; however, after encouragement from many friends in the publishing industry, he decided instead to establish a bookstore. This bookstore, Ting Chou Main Store, was not only the first of the Kingstone chain, but was also the first of a new age of bookstores in Taiwan.

The first store was a great success. In May 1984, Kingstone opened its first branch, located on Chung-Ching South Road, Taipei's "Traditional Book Street." This store shocked its dark and cramped neighboring bookstores with bright lights, open space for customers to move, and new concepts such as the Bestseller Lists. With steady growth, Kingstone now has over sixty branch locations all around the island of Taiwan.

In 1998, Kingstone began organizing its franchise business. Drawing on its experience with opening chain stores, Kingstone provides tools and consulting services for those interested entrepreneurs willing to open franchise stores. The first franchise store opened in May 1999. Through this program, Kingstone hopes to entice more people with a passion for books to ultimately create a society of readers.

Books and Magazines are the most important products at Kingstone. Kingstone features more than 3,000 new titles every month and 600,000 books in print, including select foreign language publications. In addition to books, Kingstone sells stationery, greeting cards, multimedia products, and gift items.

The mission of Kingstone Bookstore is to be a professional bookstore that provides every customer with an enjoyable and fulfilling experience. The Business Philosophy of Kingstone Bookstore is Learning, Innovation, Focus, and En-team.

 

KINGSTONE LEARNING HALL

Located at Kingstone's Chung-Ching branch, Kingstone Learning Hall opened in 2013. This building was reconstructed in July of that year and has now become a landmark of the Chung-Ching district.

This hall aims to create a space for readers, writers, and publishers to interact with each other. Thirty cultural events are arranged every month, covering topics such as lifestyle, arts, history, exhibitions, and creative activities. The goal is to inspire Kingstone's customers to "Think different, Dream different" by participating in these events.




KINGSMOND BOOK CO., LTD.

In order to better serve all its branches, Kingstone established Kingsmond Book Co. and built up its own 10,000 sq-meter merchandising and distribution center. Kingsmond focuses on having the highest quality products at the most competitive prices and on efficiently distributing these products to every store.






DIGITAL KINGSTONE CO., LTD.

In December 2000, Kingstone extended its business onto the Internet. Digital Kingstone Co. was established to operate Kingstone's online bookstore, www.kingstone.com.tw. Brand awareness, reliability, and experience in logistics inherited from its parent company are the key competitive advantages for Digital Kingstone. The website expands Kingstone's customer base worldwide, and it has more than two million members.

The mission of Digital Kingstone is to provide better service for its members. It continuously introduces new services, including three-hour delivery service in the Greater Taipei area, product line expansion into apparel, household goods, etc., and various discount options for customers.

In order to create synergies between the physical and online bookstores, Kingstone introduced a customer order system. The idea is to leverage the huge selection of books available online to serve customers who cannot find something at the physical stores.

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