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Table of contents
School Book Programmes


Highlights
Paddyfield is now working closely with more than a dozen leading Hong Kong schools, both "international" and "local".

Participating schools/PTAs have received as much as HK$25,000 per term in credits from Paddyfield book clubs and book fairs.

Selection
Paddyfield offers essentially any English-language book from the USA or Britain. We make a particular effort to introduce the best children's books, including award winners, the newest children's books, and other books of special interest and merit from both Britain and the USA. We also endeavour to work closely with schools to provide a selection of books that closely matches the school curriculum.

Price
Paddyfield's list price is publisher's list price including delivery to the school. In addition, Paddyfield makes a special effort to find lower-cost editions, introduce books recently released in paperback and other ways of offering the best books at the best prices. Paddyfield is almost always far less expensive that local bookstores or other book programmes.

Programmes
Paddyfield runs a wide variety of school book programmes, including but not limited to book clubs and book fairs.

20% credit / 10% Academic Discount
Schools (or PTAs) receive a 20% credit on books purchased via a Paddyfield school programme -- whether a book club or book fair. For additional academic purchases, schools receive a 10% discount.*

*Subject to a minimum order value.

On-line Resources
Teaching and Reading Guides for dozens of children's may be accessed from this site.

Service & Expertise
Paddyfield staff are knowledgeable and pleased to assist schools in keeping up with new books from new sources. We are also pleased to assist schools and PTAs in establishing book programmes and other activities. As part of a programme at the school, we can also hold seminars for teachers and/or teachers on the selection of children's books.

Office & Resources Centre
Paddyfield's office and resource centre is conveniently located at Unit 1506-7, 15/F, Pacific Plaza, 418 Des Voeux Road West, Hong Kong.


Programmes for
All purchases from Book Clubs or Book Fairs generate a 20% credit for purchases by the school or PTA. Purchases made using this credit is not for use within the school and not for resale.

We also do all the administration, from payment and refunds to sorting books and delivery. A Paddyfield Book Programme only requires the school to allocate minimum resources.

Book Clubs
Paddyfield publishes catalogues regularly: Junior (up to age 8), Kids/Teens (ages 7~15) and General (ages 15~adult). The selection is widely recognised as the best in the industry. Great care is given to making a selection balancing new releases and classics, fun books and educational books, fiction and non-fiction.

Custom Book Lists or Catalogues
Schools may elect to select their own list for a customised catalogue for the School Book Club. This selection can be made to match the school's own curriculum or educational priorities. If desired, Paddyfield can help select books that match and supplement the education themes in the curriculum.

Book Fairs
Paddyfield organises and runs book fairs, and can include lectures to parents/teachers on book selection, story readings and other activities.

Academic discount programme
Schools receive a 10% discount off list, including delivery, for purchases in excess of HK$1500 and for school use. Purchases made with the Academic Discount Programme are not for resale.

Library Assistance programme
Paddyfield works with school librarians and administrators to assist in book selection. Paddyfield has a full selection of on-line and print reference materials.

Reading Promotion
Paddyfield has access to a wide range of complementary materials for libraries and teachers, including posters and reading/curriculum guides, which we are pleased to make available to our participating schools and libraries.


Frequently Asked Questions
Which books can Paddyfield supply?
We can supply essentially any "in print" book from the US or Britain. Of course, in any given case, the book may not be available, but this happens rarely. Almost all of these are available at publisher's list price, although some specialty publications (usually textbooks) may be special order and cannot be offered at publisher's list - although we will endeavour to source at as low a price as possible.

From where does Paddyfield source its books?
Our books are sourced directly from the US and Britain -- and the process is fully automated. This allows us to keep prices low.

When can the books be delivered?
Books are normally delivered to the school within two weeks, often less. But it depends on the books ordered and the quantity.

Can Paddyfield supply products other than books?
Paddyfield can supply the full range of audiobooks (UK and US) and a wide range of kits and models. We can also supply a range of videos and computer software, mostly from the USA and mostly educational in nature. We are now developing a range of (mostly classical) music CDs.

Can Paddyfield supply workbooks, textbooks and other speciality educational publications?
We can supply a wide variety of US and British workbooks from various leading publishers. Textbooks, however, are often special order and while we can supply these at reasonable prices, it may not be quite at list price.

Which books may the school buy with its 20% credit?
The school can use its credit to buy any book, textbook, video or software we can supply at publisher's list. This will amount to more than 500,000 titles from the US and UK. Books purchased with credit are not for resale.

Can you help us with book selection for the Library or book clubs?
Paddyfield is happy to help Librarians, the PTA, teachers and school administrators select books for the Library or other use. These might include new issues, books with special library or school bindings, or to beef up and round out the existing library selection.

Paddyfield has access to a wide range of materials and publications used by US and British librarians and educators in making these selections.

May we offer students our own list of books?
Our catalogues are designed to appeal to the widest range of students and student interests.

But in any given case, a school may wish to refine the selection or even replace it entirely to generate a list that more closely matches the educational priorities of the school or its curriculum. We are happy to assist in this process.

Who is eligible for the 10% academic discount?
Schools and educational institutions registered with the Education Department are eligible for the academic discount. Order with a minimum order value of HK$1500 are eligible. As long as books are purchased by the school (or PTA) itself, the 10% discount will apply. In particular, teachers and school staff may purchase books under this programme as long as the school itself makes the purchase order.

What are the terms?
With a valid purchse order sent directly by the school, the school may pay on invoice. We will endeavour to combine deliveries but there may be times when books arrive at different times, hence it may be necessary to split the order into several deliveries. The school will be presented with an invoice only for delivered books. Please note that the invoices are due on presentation and the school does not have credit terms.

What use are audiobooks?
Audiobooks are not a replacement for the "real thing". However, the best audiobooks are read by accomplished actors or the author himself, which provides an entirely different level of interpretation and appreciation than the student can achieve through his own reading.

Finding books for teens is a particular problem. What do you recommend?
The teen years, roughly 13-18, cover a wide range of levels of personal development, as well as a wide range of reading abilities and interests. This is often a far more difficult age to select books for than for younger students.

There are an increasing number of books (fiction and non-fiction) that deal with "teen issues". In addition, some well-known authors have begun to write "young adult" versions of their better-known works.

Many teens, however, are also ready for carefully selected "adult books" -- and not just those normally taught in English literature classes. We make a special effort to locate such titles, both new books and classics, that will appeal to teens' sense of maturity without dealing with "adult situations".

Can you recommend books for students for whom English is a second language?
Encouraging reading among students for whom English is a not a first language is a particular problem for teachers and parents - the goal is to encourage reading without it becoming a chore.

Paddyfield has considerable experience is selecting books that appeal to different age groups, reading abilities and language skills.


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