Bulk Book Orders and Discount Pricing for CALPs

Posted:16 August 2016

Author: Cheryl Lovstrom, Community Learning Network

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Updated September 2018: Thanks to generous support from the publishing sector, CLN has secured discount prices on book orders for another year. CALPs ordering from select book publishers will receive up to a 40% discount on all orders placed until June 30th, 2019.

You asked for it, we went out and got it!

After several months and dozens of conversations, we’ve got a big announcement to make: four fantastic publishing companies have agreed to provide books to CALPs at discounts as high as 40%! That’s a lot of spending power! Click here to access a comprehensive list of all 4 companies, complete with order forms and contact information in one convenient Excel file.

When you click on any of the order form links below, our handy Excel Workbook of publishers will pop up. Just click on the tab at the bottom of the document with the appropriate publisher’s name and you will see the order form you need. Each publisher has slightly different requirements, so be sure to check you have the right name on the sheet you are using. Once you have completed your order form, you can print that page and email it to the appropriate contact.

These fantastic deals are being offered exclusively to CALP-funded organizations!

To help you decide where to start, here is a summary of what’s being offered:

Ampersand Publishing

Handles multiple publishers with a selection of books for all ages. They have offered a 40% discount with a minimum 5 book purchase (which can be from multiple publishers handled by “U of T Distribution”). Check the Ampersand Retail Guide for a list of “U of T Distribution” publishers and rates, and click here for a list of Ampersand-recommended “U of T” publishers and web links. Shipping is calculated at the time of order. Make a list of the books you want to order from those advertised on the website, then complete and email your Ampersand order form to complete your order. You can pay by credit card at time of purchase, or click here to apply for an account.

House of Anansi

Carries children’s (Groundwood books) through adult titles. House of Anansi is offering a 20% discount with no minimum order requirement. Shipping is calculated at the time of order. Make a list of the books you want to order from those advertised on the website, then complete and email your House of Anansi order form to complete your order.

Harper Collins Book Publishers

Carries a selection of books from children’s through adult. They have authorized a 40% discount with a minimum purchase of $200 before discount. Shipping is FREE. Make a list of the books you want to order from those advertised on the website, then complete and email your Harper Collins order form to complete your order.

Orca Books Canada

Has a selection of children’s and youth titles, as well as “Rapid Reads” for reluctant readers of any age. They will give a 40% discount with a minimum order of $200 or 25 books on all orders placed between today and September 30th, 2016. Orders are to be placed online using discount code: CALP. We will be working with Orca to offer this discount again in the spring of 2017.


Carries a retail selection of titles for children through adult. Their “irewards” discount program offers a 10% discount on all books, and 5% on most other items. There is an annual fee of $35 for the card. Chapters offers FREE shipping on online orders over $25 (after discounts & before taxes). They also carry the Steck-Vaughan “Complete Canadian GED” textbook for those offering GED prep.

Chapters has also extended us a Corporate Account rate. They will honour a 20% discount on books purchased to CALPs that complete this application form. Note: accounts must pay shipping and discount is on the retail price of books (not the discounted online price). Be sure to compare iRewards pricing to your discounted price to be sure you get the best deal possible.

Note: House of Anansi and Orca Books titles can also be purchased through Ampersand Press.

We will be updating information on a regular basis, so please access all forms through the CALP Portal every time you place an order.

Contact your RSS for complete details and assistance if you need it. We are always here to help you.

Happy reading!!

Cheryl Hollidge
Regional Support Staff
Central Alberta


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