Instead they have signs like the one below. I captured a shot of this at the Times Bookstore at Centrepoint. But you can’t stop the kiasu Singaporean. When there are no chairs they improvise and sit on the floor. They often become an obstacle course you need to navigate. In places where chairs are generous like Borders, the books become tattered as people hog a seat for hours and practically read the book from cover to cover. That way they don’ need to buy them and bookstores are better than libraries because they have the latest books. So if you were wondering, besides lack of space, this is the main reason where the bookstores besides Border’s don’t have chairs for you to park it.
Bookstores like Kinokuniya found that merely wrapping the books and magazines in plastic did not help, so they added another dimension of thick clear tape. This needs a pair of scissors to cut open, I know because when I used to buy magazines they were so hard to get open when you brought them to a cafe to read and did not happen to have a pair of scissors on you. Since then I hope we have improved in our kindness towards reading materials.