- What areas
of Asia and subjects does Paragon Book Gallery cover?
covers China, Japan, Korea, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan,
Tibet, Nepal, Central Asia, and Southeast Asian countries, including
Burma, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand,
Indonesia and the Philippines. We focus on the following subjects:
art (fine arts, decorative arts, folk arts and others), archaeology,
architecture, history, religion, political science, reference
books, other specialized subjects. We are gradually expanding
into areas of general interests, such as Fengshui, as well.
- Where do
you find all your books?
We buy books
published by publishers from around the world, not just books
published in the West. We travel to most countries in Asia and
have buyers in several locations.
We also buy
single titles, collections, and libraries from collectors, scholars
and other institutions. You may refer to general guidelines in
- How long
has Paragon Book Gallery been in business?
Paragon Book Gallery has a long and rich history. We invite you to read our story in
LESS is MORE. The less you type, the more results you will
get. Unlike humans, computers cannot distinguish spelling errors,
articles (a, an, the), singular vs. plural, etc. in a grammatical sense.
Try to use only the most unique word or unique few words in your
Jessica" (without quotation marks) finds books by Jessica Rawson,
as well as other books whose author names contain either Rawson
Jessica", with Exact Match checked, finds books by Jessica Rawson
If you cannot
remember the author's last name, please enter your best guess for
the first several letters. For example, entering "Prata" will find
books by Pal, Pratapaditya.
furniture" finds Classic Chinese Furniture, Connoisseurship of Chinese
Furniture and other books whose titles contains the words Chinese
furniture", with Exact Match checked, finds books whose titles contain
only the two words: Chinese Furniture.
If you cannot
remember the title, please enter your best guess for the first several
letters of any words in the title. For example, entering "Liang"
will find books with titles containing Liangzhu, Liang, Niuheliang,
will give you the most possible choices. Entering "Tibetan Paintings"
will find books whose titles and descriptions contain at least one
instance of the word Tibetan painting.
work with Chinese, Japanese, and other East and Southeast Asian
languages, provided that the data exist. We are adding more data
in vernacular languages every day. For questions regarding viewing
of these languages, please see Foreign
If you are interested
in What's New in languages other than English, please visit the
Item # refers
to the Item number listed in our print catalog. Customers who receive
our print catalog, starting from Catalog Number XX, Winter 1998
onward, will be able to conveniently locate a book using item number
#. To receive our printed catalog, please email your name and address to
We have implemented
ISBN (International Standard Book Number) searching. However, because a
good percentage of our books are out-of-print books, catalogs, and
books from overseas, they usually contain no ISBN number. Even though
it serves to facilitate the book trade, they are not as widely used
in the Far East as expected.
and Journals Search
You can easily
find back issues of magazines and journals by selecting your magazine/journal
choice from the list and type in keyword(s) you would like to find.
If we have that particular issue in stock, your search will return
on our site, especially Chinese, Japanese, and Korean, are best
viewed with Microsoft Internet Explorer with the appropriate language
support. Newer versions (5.0) of Internet Explorer usually have
the support already installed.
There are many
tools available for download on the internet for Chinese, Japanese,
and other East and Southeast Asian language web viewing. We recommend
4.0 or later
Explorer allows multiple Asian languages to coexist on your system.
You can download each language's support from Microsoft web site at
or by going to Windows Update on the Start
Menu of Windows 95 or 98.
If you use Netscape,
you will have to download or use other software to view Asian languages.
Here is some of the most popular software:
We found the
following sites to be useful for Asian language beginners and advanced
with the Chinese language:
with the Japanese language:
with the Korean language:
We will update
help for other languages once we can find suitable links.
You can order
any items on our Web site by clicking the button next to the book
you want. The book will then be automatically added to your "shopping
bag", which you can review any time by clicking Order on the left
panel. You can always remove a book from your shopping bag later,
as well as change the quantities.
You can choose
to register with us when you place an order or by going to Create
We accept Visa,
MasterCard, American Express, Discover, JCB and checks or money
orders in U.S. dollars drawn on U.S. banks.
orders can be processed and shipped more quickly because credit
card payment reduces paperwork and check-clearance time.
We do not charge
your credit card until we ship your order.
You can call
toll-free 1-800-55-BOOKS (552-6657) from within the U.S.
phone number is (312) 663-5155.
We are available
from 9:30am to 5:30pm Central Time Zone.
Our fax number
is (312) 663-5177. Our fax machine is on 24 hours a day, 7 days
Our Fax Order
function in Step 1 of the ordering process will help you format
an easy form with the titles you selected. You can then fill out
that page and fax it to us.
We accept library
orders via mailed-in purchase order, email, or online order form.
If you order electronically, please include your purchase order
or reference numbers with the message. No pre-payment is necessary.
You can conveniently
check for new books in vernacular languages in Librarians
section. New titles are displayed for 2 weeks. You can also search
by language and date range.
Used/Hurt Books: Definition and Policies
Paragon Book Gallery's definition of Used and Hurt items:
We define "used books" on our web site as in-print books
that are previously owned. In-print books are books that are still
available from the publishers or distributors as new. If a book is
available as a used book on our web site, it is previously owned,
but new copies are also available.
We define "hurt books" as in-print or out-of-print books
that are imperfect or damaged. Hurt in-print books are not
pre-owned, whereas hurt out-of-print books are pre-owned.
A fair number of books on our web site are out-of-print. These are
books that can no longer be obtained as new from their publisher
and are often pre-owned. We note them in the book description as
'o.p.' and the condition is described whenever a defect is notable.
By their nature, out-of-print books are mostly pre-owned and some
wear is expected. They are not considered 'used' as defined above.
When we have two or more copies of the same out-of-print book, the
ones in less-than-perfect condition (major visible
external/internal defects) are listed as 'hurt books'.
Availability of Used/Hurt books:
Used/Hurt books are available as long as they appear on our web
site. Sold-out items will automatically be removed and delisted.
Shipping & Handling Policy of Used/Hurt Books:
Normal shipping cost and time of delivery apply to used/hurt
books. Please check
Shipping & Delivery Time
in the Help section.
Return Policy of Used/Hurt Books:
Sale of used/hurt books are final. They are non-returnable.
We offer the
best possible price in relation to our cost. As a small business
neither funded by venture capital nor subsidized by Wall Street,
we try to contain our cost and offer you the best quality service.
are listed in the Special
Offers Section. These items are publishers' overstock. Please
take advantage of the offers before these titles are out of print.
internet vendors, we stock 100% of the titles we list on our site.
Therefore, your order can be shipped within 24 hours of receipt.
This makes our Next Day Service possible. Please check the Shipping
section for more information.
books are out-of-stock, sold, or has become out-of-print. We will
inform you immediately if they are not available. We temporarily
remove books that were sold out off our site (those that we know
we are unable to replace in a short period of time) and try to keep
our database as up to date as possible.
You can send
us an email a list of books you would like us to search. We will
let you know when it becomes available. There is no charge for this
request. The email address is
Shipping & Delivery Time
*A Note on Shipping Rates: The below are approximations and all
rates are subject to change. In some cases, oversized books may carry a
higher standard shipping rate and where possible we have calculated for
those changes. In some cases, the actual shipping charge will be less than
the estimated rate, in which case we will adjust the cost accordingly.
The rates take into account that most of our books are art books, which are often heavy and require extra packing.
Standard Service in Continental U.S. via UPS: $7.95 first book, $3.00 each for the next
two books, and $1.75 for each book after that.
Standard Service in Canada via UPS: $45.00 first book, $4.95 each additional book.
Standard Service for Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Military addresses, and PO boxes via MEDIA MAIL: Rates subject
to vary based on weight of books and destination.
Express Service for US and Canadian Customers: An additional one time charge of $35 will be applied.
** For International Customers: International surface mail is no longer available for orders shipping
from the United States. Our only shipping option is by Air/Express mail. International Airmail rates vary considerably
depending on the weight of the books and country of destination and service used; therefore, the shipping costs generated
by this site are quotes only. $59.95 first book, $3 each for the next two books, and $8 per each book after that.
If actual shipping costs are less than what is quoted we will adjust the price. We reserve the right to ship by
either USPS Global Priority Mail or UPS International Express. If an order weighs less than 4 pounds total,
then we can ship by the cheaper USPS 1st Class Airmail rate, however, delivery times for this service range
from 2-4 weeks and there is no tracking.
Estimated Delivery Time
(depending upon availability of books ordered)
Standard Service in Continental U.S.: 3-7 business days by UPS Ground (if you prefer we
ship by US Media Mail, then please note as much in the "comments" section of your order)
Standard Service in Canada: 5-10 business days
Standard Service to Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, Military addresses & PO Boxes by USPS Media Mail: 1-3 weeks
Express Service (USA): This is a Next Business Day Service. Your order will arrive the next business day.
If you choose this option, we must receive your order before 3 p.m. Central Time. After 3 p.m. Central Time, we will
ship your order the following day, which will arrive the next business day. We do not offer 2nd Day or 3rd Day Service
because our Next Business Day rate is generally comparable to 2nd Day and 3rd Day. Remember, depending on total weight,
we will adjust the charge if actual cost is lower.
Express Service (International): Typically your order will arrive within 3-14 business days via UPS or a
USPS Priority Flat-Rate box. Your order will be shipped within 24-48 hours after we receive it. If there is a delay
due to availability, we will inform you immediately. Shipments made by USPS 1st Class Air may take up to 4 weeks.
Backordered Books: Books not available at the time of order will be backordered and shipped when available
from the publisher. We will inform you of the status. Shipping cost for EACH backordered book is $3.00 (USA) and $8.00
(International). You can cancel your backorder at any time by notifying us via email, fax, or phone.
If you are not
satisfied with the books purchased, you may return them within 7
days after receipt for store credit, exchange, or refund. Shipping
charge is non-refundable. Returned books must be in saleable condition.
- Please pack
securely when you return them.
- Please include
a copy of your receipt.
- Please indicate
if you would like store credit, exchange or refund.
Many out of
print books and books from overseas are often times limited in quantity.
There might be other interested readers for the titles you are returning.
We thank you for your cooperation.
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use of a secure server when you place an order or access your account.
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server software (SSL) and cannot be read in transit. All data are
also protected against unauthorized access.
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Paragon Book Gallery
1507 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60605