ORTELCO Bldg., J. Navarro St., Ormoc City, Leyte FB Page: @iRead Bookshop / Email: email@example.com Contact Nos.: 0905-339-6462 (Globe) / 0949-884-2824 (Smart)
iRead Bookshop started in December 2017 with its participation in the Ormoc City Government’s Christmas Bazaar / Expo in the city plaza quadrangle. That was its introduction to the public, which the bookshop used as a gauge if people were ready for a bookshop.
In January 2018, it became active in social media while legal business documents were in process. The bookshop sold books through Facebook and through Vicenta’s Café & Bistro, as the owners were kind enough to allow for a bookshelf to be displayed inside the coffee shop.
Finally, on June 12, 2018, it opened its doors to the public through its small store in ORTELCO Bldg., J. Navarro St., Ormoc City, offering not only books but also souvenir items, school and office supplies.
iRead Bookshop Team
iRead Bookshop is owned by Ormocana Jima Zandra J. Vergara, who also serves as the bookshop’s general manager, operating it together with one bookshop attendant.
Why put up iRead Bookshop?
iRead Bookshop is the result of the proprietor’s desire to give Filipino authors, Philippine-published books and other Filipino publications the opportunity for their books to be displayed/placed in a physical bookshop (not just online) and be sold – and eventually read by fellow Filipinos. It is the outcome of the bookshop owner’s wish for children of this age and time to take up reading – and hopefully, venture into creative writing, the literary arts, poetry, etc. – so we not only have a past to look back on but also a future filled with stories written about us…. by our children.
iRead Bookshop is, furthermore, the consequence of a parent’s need for affordable school and office supplies, thus, the addition of these items to the bookshop’s product list. The bookshop has some of the “cheapest but quality” office and school supplies, as the bookshop sources its supplies from a respected wholesaler of paper products in Cebu.
Lastly, because the bookshop owner has gotten tired of the traditional and not-very-creative-nor-attractive souvenir items – and in reality, the lack of these in Ormoc – she decided to put up “Tatak Ormoc”. These are original creations of Ormoc souvenir items.
The bookshop hired a small advertising/design team to create the “Tatak Ormoc” brand.
Today, it is ready to take on orders for “customized” souvenir items under its “Tatak Ormoc” brand.