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In the excitement of moving to a new website, a number of emails got misdirected and have only recently come to light. Our apologies. Please email again if you didn’t get a reply, particularly if it involved the purchase of a book.


Borneo Books has to close its two shops on the 2nd floor of the Wisma Merdeka shopping mall in Kota Kinabalu because of termination of the leases. We have now opened a brand new shop on the ground floor of the same shopping mall (seaward side) where Borneo Craft used to be. Come and [...]

Smaller Moths of South East Asia; A Field Guide to the

This is the first general work devoted to the Microlepidoptera, one of the biologically richest areas on earth. More than 6500 Microlepidoptera species are known, twice the number known from western Europe.

Used as an identification manual, this book should enable the readers to identify a small moth from South east Asia to [...]

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 2 (2008)

BK2772 In this, the second issue of Malesian Orchid Journal, we include an article on Sarcanthopsis hansemannii from New Guinea. The island of New Guinea, situated in the eastern part of Malesia, has one of the richest orchid floras on Earth, with some 2500 or more species in about 130 genera. The first comprehensive overview of all the orchid genera currently known to occur in New Guinea, supplemented with a checklist of all the species, is being undertaken on CD-ROM by specialists at the Leiden Branch of the National Herbarium of The Netherlands, formerly known as the Rijksherbarium. The series contains descriptions of the genera and selected species, keys for identification, and a hyperlinked glossary. Full synonymy is provided for each genus and species. An impressive feature of this series of CD-ROMs is the large number of illustrations, ranging from manuscript drawings and old plates to digitised colour slides, many depicting rare species, most never published before. Currently, four volumes have been published and a fifth and sixth are in preparation. The final volume will deal with Bulbophyllum, represented on the island by some 600 species and by far the largest orchid genus in Malesia. Continue reading Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 2 (2008)

Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 3 (2009)

BK2837 As we enter 2009, three important anniversaries will be celebrated. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew celebrates its 250th anniversary and 12 February will mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, whose studies on orchids are world famous. This year also marks the 150th anniversary of the publication on 24 November 1859 of his seminal masterpiece On the Origin of Species. A year-long programme of events and activities will celebrate Kew’s pivotal role as a world-leader in plant science and conservation. The gardens were founded in 1759 by Princess Augusta, the mother of King George 111, as an ambitious nine-acre garden around Kew Palace. Today it is a major international attraction comprising 132 hectares of landscaped gardens attracting over one million visitors per year. On 3 July 2003, Kew was given the status of a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site, an accolade it shares with places like the Georgian city of Bath and with Mount Kinabalu! The Kew herbarium is home ho specimens collected by Charles Darwin during his time as naturalist aboard HMS, Beagle. Joseph Dalton Hooker, the Director of Kew from 1865 to 1885, provided Darwin with the critical feedback he needed in his writings about evolution by natural selection, the seeds of which were first sown during his famous voyage to the Galapagos Islands aboard the Beagle. Continue reading Malesian Orchid Journal Vol. 3 (2009)

Publisher’s Visit

John Beaufoy and Ken Scriven

John Beaufoy,¬† Proprietor and MD of John Beaufoy Publishing¬† from the UK (left), and his Area Representative Ken Scriven (former CEO of WWF Malaysia) came to the shop in KK 2 days ago to show us the final mock up of¬† ‘Wild Sabah’,¬† a new volume by John [...] goes Live!

After months of preparation and testing, this new website for Borneo Books Services is now open for business. We hope you will find our selection of books tempting. It is almost certainly the best selection on Borneo available anywhere. A number of our titles are not stocked in any other shop, nor can they [...]

Butterflies of the Crocker Range # 2

The Blue Spotted Peacock Swallowtail, Papilio karna. This is quite common and seems to prefer the lower slopes of the mountain ranges of Borneo. Kipandi Butterfly Park has a fine range of orchids and pitcher plants as well as insects. It is open to the public. You can even go along at night [...]


The new website payment system will show prices in Malaysian ringgit, not US dollars. The exchange rate is around RM3.50 to 1.00 USD. A currency table and a currency converter will be strategically placed both where you find the price of a book, and where you are quoted the price of book + delivery. [...]