Best Online Bookstore in Kenya

Best Online Bookstore in Kenya

Online bookstore Kenya! Does this ring a bell? Welcome to the best online bookstore in Kenya.

Well, A Book Idea is the new kid on the block (we started in 2011) over the years though, we have not gotten online.

We are here to serve you… Bookworms and Book starters alike – join us as we continue developing the reading culture in Kenya.

Here at our well-stocked bookshop, you will get all the book categories that you are looking for.

At a book idea, we understand books having interacted with them for a couple of years.

This is why we are the best online bookstore in Kenya… We are versatile, diverse, and knowledgeable…

Below we discuss more regards to the books in Kenya, book categories that you are bound to come across in Kenya, Kenyan Authors, and the books we have for you.

But before that, PS: we only sell hard copy books. We believe that flipping the pages and the emanating scent is brilliant for a majority of book lovers.

However, on rare occasions, we can hook you up with genuine soft copy and audio booksellers. (we believe that there are those of us who love other formats)

Best Online Bookstore in Kenya – Our Lists and Reviews

Here at A book idea, we shall endeavor to feed you with comprehensive;

  • Book Lists
  • Book Reviews

We believe that letting you know about books written by various authors via lists of all their books would be amazing.

Additionally, doing book reviews would also help you in making decisions on books to read.

Kindly see our top lists and reviews below:

Top Books lists

  • Harry Potter Books Chronological Order
  • Donald Trump Books in Order List
  • Richard North Patterson’s Books in Order
  • Kazuo Ishiguro Books List
  • Paulo Coelho Books in Order
  • Dale Carnegie Books in Order
  • Cesar Millan Books in Order
  • Books by Robin Sharma
  • Robert Greene Books in Order

Kindly visit our book lists category and see more brilliant lists…

Top Book Reviews

  • The 48 Laws of Power Summary
  • The Fault in Our Stars Book Review
  • Marriage Takes More than Love
  • Lord, I Wish My Husband Would Pray With Me
  • The Power of a Praying Wife
  • The Power of Positive Thinking
  • Who Moved my Cheese
  • The Prince by Machiavelli
  • Gifted Hands By Ben Carson

Our book reviews category has more well-written and detailed reviews…

Book Categories Offered at our Online Bookstore

We are writing this article to expound and open a great reading world for you.

Kindly read through and learn more about the book categories that we have on offer.

There are two main book categories that we stock – namely:

  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction

Furthermore, we could also add two sub-categories that we also stock at our bookshop. they are:

  • New Books
  • Used Books

Additionally, there is a book classification that we can not ignore – this is: 

  • Adult books and 
  • Children books

Remember that, books come in various genres under each category and are mainly in three formats:

  1. Hard copy
  2. Soft copy
  3. Audiobooks

Kindly note that we offer hard copy books. However, we can direct you on where to get audiobooks and soft copy books.

Well, now that we have touched a bit on the above, below we delve deeper and expound more about the above categories, sub-categories, classifications, and genres.

Book Categories Explained

Hi there! Welcome again to our online bookstore. Happy to have you on board. Well, I will share with you more about various book categories.

Do you love books? Well, in this post, I will share with you great insights on the various book categories available in the world.

Which book genres do you love reading? Well, below I expound and detail more on this topic.

I am writing this post as a guide to you so that you are able to identify and chose the right books to read.

Furthermore, here at A Book Idea, you will get to learn more about upcoming books.

Well, books fall into two main categories:


Just to expound a bit, fiction is a form of prose writing whereby the words are imagined.

This could be the imagination of events or people and this is a very popular book category worldwide.


Non-fiction is quite the opposite. It is the writing of factual and informative information.

This category has worldwide popularity as well and many authors have sold millions of their non-fiction books.

Moreover, it is also important to note that we can specify books into two classes namely;

Adult Books

Can be read by adults only_ adult age depends on the particular country_ they have age-appropriate notifications on the covers

Children Books

Can be read by children, pre-teens and teens_they also have age-appropriate notifications on the covers

Under the four headings I have highlighted above, I will tell you more about the subcategories and subgenres.

Book Formats

Before we get there, let me kindly remind you of the book formats available in the world today.

There are three main book formats. We expound more below:

eBooks | soft copy Books

eBooks or soft copy books have not been in existence for long. But, they have revolutionized reading very much.

This is so because they are cheap to produce, easily accessible, and cheaper than hard copy books.

eBooks are available in various formats like;

  • Kindle
  • PDF
  • Mobi
  • ZIP
  • DOC

Additionally, you can read eBooks on your phone, Computer, Kobo, and Kindle devices.

 eBooks are accessible in real-time via email, kindle, WhatsApp, and other digital platforms.

And yes, eBooks are environmentally friendly. They have indeed helped save millions of trees that would have been cut down to get printing paper.

Audio Books

As with eBooks, these books are also non-contact. You listen to them as a narrator reads them out.

Audiobooks are a bit expensive but versatile because you can listen to them in your car, home, office, and many other places.

Some of the platforms offering audiobooks are free while others are paid for. And each model has its pros and cons.

The best way to get audiobooks is to signup to platforms offering them like :

  • Audible
  • Overdrive
  • Scribd
  • Hoopla
  • Audiobooks
  • Spotify

Hard Copy Books

These book categories have existed for many years. A majority of us have utilized them to learn – from an early age.

Hard copy books are loved by millions “I love the touch and scent of these books” it feels good flipping the pages.

Hard copy books come in three variations;

  • Pocket Size (small portable size that is good and comes in handy when traveling)
  • Large paperback (bigger than pocket size and great for a home and office library)
  • Hardcover (comes in hardcover back, has large fonts, and is quite heavy. Good for keeps and libraries too. And yes, a bit expensive)

Now that we have covered the above, let us go straight to the two-book categories and learn more.

Fiction Books

A widely read book category, fiction books come in various genres as noted below;

  • Thrillers
  • Romance
  • YA
  • Historical
  • Crime
  • Legal
  • Suspense
  • Scifi
  • Christian
  • Horror
  • Paranormal
  • Teen
  • Kids
  • Fantasy
  • Mystery

Non-Fiction Books

Another great category, non-fiction books come in various categories and genres.

They are:

  • Motivational books
  • Inspirational books
  • Self-help books
  • Biographies
  • Memoirs
  • Autobiographies
  • Cookbooks
  • Artbooks

Book reading culture in Kenya

Did you know that there are millions of books in Kenya? Well, I know you may be asking yourself if this is true…

Yes, indeed it is true… Having been a bookseller since 2011, I can attest to this – by just considering the books I have personally sold.

Additionally, visiting the government-owned libraries would also affirm my thesis above. And yes, our student population also utilizes educational books to learn.

Another amazing pointer is the hundreds of book hawkers in major towns – and thousands of bookshops countrywide – both physical and online.

If you add all of the above sources, then you would come up with a huge number of books circulating in Kenya.

Kenyans are avid readers… If you have not started reading, join the Kenyan readers now and come face to face with their great reading culture.

Kenyan Authors

In addition, there are several Kenyan Authors doing a great job. We shall do a comprehensive list in a subsequent article.

However, it would not be okay if we do not touch on some of the best Kenyan authors. Do you know any?

Well, here is a list of some of the best authors in Kenya:

  • Ngugi Wa Thiongo
  • Grace Ogot
  • Margaret Ogola
  • Binyavanga Wainaina
  • Meja Mwangi
  • Karen Blixen
  • Yvonne Adhiambo
  • Jomo Kenyatta
  • Kinyajui Kombani
  • Charity Waciuma

Well, we shall do a comprehensive list that will denote all the authors and their works…

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