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    Books in English in Hong Kong?

    Would any of you happen to know where I can purchase (preferably large bookstores) books in English? I've been going to small bookstores which have sadly, even smaller, collections. Most of the books are priced even higher than the price tag.

    I've been to Mong Kok, Causeway, but I have yet to find a bookstore that meets what I'm looking for. I've been forced to purchase books from awful ripoff prices. (Sucks, I know.)

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    Jeff


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    http://www.shopinhk.com

    While we don't discount like Amazon, our exchange rates are kept under control and usually end up delivering to the door at costs lower than the bigger retailers.

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    Have you tried Page One? They have several outlets in HK and I would say classify as "large bookstore" with books in english.


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    I guess you've tried the Commercial Press. There is a large branch in the Miramar Hotel Shopping Arcade, Tsim Sha Tsui.

    Also check out Paddyfield (online) http://www.paddyfield.com/mainstore/cover.php?

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    Thank you so much for the fast responses and links. This is greatly appreciated and makes me giddy


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    Dymocks and Pollux in IFC


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    Bookshops I use:

    Cosmos (there's one in between Wan Chai and Admiralty that has a good selection of English books on the first floor).

    Joint Publishing/Commercial Press - branches everywhere e.g. Wan Chai, Central etc.

    Although these bookshops sell both Chinese and English language books I find that some of the the larger branches tend to have a more diverse range of English books than many of the bookshops that specialise in English books (e.g. Dymocks etc.) which tend to concentrate on only a very limited range of commercial bestsellers.

    The exceptions to this are Page One which seems to have gotten better and better over the years, they seem to have become more competitive in terms of price too. Branches in Causeway Bay (Times Square), Central and Kowloon Tong (Festival Walk). Also Swindon Books in TST have a good range.

    For online orders I use Paddyfields, very often poor service and their prices (which used to be their strength) are not much, if any better, than anywhere else, but free delivery in HK makes them useful for special orders.

    There are also specialist bookshops like Basheer Books in Wan Chai for art/design-related books for example.

    Flow in Central has second-hand books but you have to take a chance on having to spend your time in the shop listening to one of the owners supremely annoying cod-zen chanting tapes.


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    dipper -- you continue to use paddyfield despite bad service? AND knowing we (geoclicks) own an online bookshop on www.shopinhk.com

    Well .. a fool and his money ..


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    I only use Paddyfields to order books that are hard to find elsewhere and despite some issues with service they do seem to have a pretty good database/search function. I tried the link you posted and tried a couple of books I have ordered recently and your search function couldn't come up with either I'm afraid so for the purpose that I would use an online seller it didn't really work for me.


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    I tend to go the used book route. Flow in Soho or Coffee Book on Park Road in the Mid-Levels. There's a nice one in Stanley too, but I can't remember the name of it. The guy who owns it makes intricate model boats out of wood that take him months. Really friendly guy! I picked up Sun Tzu's Art Of War and Tolstoy's War and Peace for $30-40 a piece.


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