Did you know that the Swahili word for shelf is rafu? I am ashamed to say that at my big age, I had no idea! My Swahili teacher would be disappointed to hear this, given that it was one of my favorite subjects back in school! Regardless, we move. Before I made arrangements for this bookshop tour, I carried out a short poll to determine my next stop. Rafu Books was highly recommended. As soon as I got to their offices, it did not take too long for me to see why. The welcome was warm and hearty and one could have thought I was meeting my long lost friends. If this is the same energy that they extend to their clients, it is no surprise that they have such a high ranking among bookworms.
Rafu Books is an online bookshop. One is able to browse and buy books from the comfort of wherever they are and have their books delivered right to their doorstep. Orders can be made via their website or through their social media pages. In my opinion, it would be best to make your order through their website. This is because they have an amazing Rafu Loyalty Program through which one is able to earn points with every purchase made. The more you shop through the website, the more points you earn and the more perks you get to enjoy every time you shop, including some tasty discounts on book purchases. How great is that? As soon as I heard this, I created my account there and then. Saving coins is a must!
Rafu Books offers a large variety of books, including all the current bestsellers. Their catalog includes an array of book genres from thrillers to mysteries to spiritual books and so much more. Additionally, they also stock second hand books from the Inama section of their site. This section gives their customers the option to get high quality books at a fair price. This ensures that they do not lock out potential customers who cannot afford to buy the new books.
Based on the discussions I carried out on my bookstagram page prior to this tour, most bookworms who have shopped at Rafu Books stated that the bookshop’s selling point was their timely delivery services. During this tour I got to learn that the bookshop heavily invests in having constant riders who ensure that orders are delivered within the same day that they are made. Their main aim is to deliver instant gratification for the shopper and not have them wait for days for a delivery. This has worked well to their advantage since more people feel more confident in making last minute orders knowing that the book will reach them on time. The best part is that delivery in Nairobi is absolutely free!
If you have read my previous posts, it should come as no surprise that finding any bookish merchandise in a bookshop truly excites me. Rafu Books have a wide variety mugs, each printed with unique and hilarious book related quotes. These mugs go for 490.00 shillings which I found to be quite a reasonable price. So in case you did not know what to gift your bookish friend, a book and a mug from Rafu Books would be an excellent idea.
As mentioned before, Rafu Books is established as a purely online shop. You can visit their websites (Rafu Books and Rafu Gifts) to find out more about the bookshop, what they have to offer, their contact details and their social media pages! I would highly recommend this bookshop, especially for buyers who loathe having to wait for long periods of time for their books to be delivered.