This handy FAQs guide can help answer common questions I get asked both about this website and about becoming a PaperPie StoryMaker (formerly Usborne Books & More), how PaperPie shipping cost is determined as well as typical PaperPie shipping time.
You’ll also find information about PaperPie book parties! Just scroll down to the section you have a question about and if there is something I missed, reach out to me and I would be happy to help!
Looking to shop for Usborne Books & More? The company rebranded to the name PaperPie in January 2023. Head over to shop directly with me or get a peek inside the books here on this blog.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is this website:
Q: What is PaperPie?
A: PaperPie (formerly known as Usborne Books & More) is the name of a beloved children’s book publishing company. PaperPie publishes high quality, engaging, and educational books for kids.
PaperPie books are available in the United States through brand partners and their personal shopping e-commerce sites. You can see the line of PaperPie Books for sale here.
Q: Is PaperPie the same as Usborne Books & More?
A: PaperPie is the new name for Usborne Books & More and carries the same books you love along with new favorites!
You might be wondering what has changed with the new branding.
Usborne Books & More rebranded to Paper Pie in January 2023. The name change is to better fit the growing product line with the acquisition of SmartLab Toys. Since the brand now includes much more than just books such as puzzles, STEM toys, educational helps and more it was time to simplify with a brand new name!
Q: What is this website for?
A: This website is a blog created by Janel, a StoryMaker for PaperPie, formerly Usborne Books & More. The purpose was to introduce the books with a sneak peek inside the pages to make it easier to shop and find the right books for your family.
Q: Why does the shop page take me to a different site?
A: The shop button directs my personal PaperPie e-commerce site that has security for protecting your credit card information and processing payments, creating wishlists, and shipping orders.
You’ll be shopping with me as your consultant, and I’m eager to help with any questions you may have or recommend a great book.
Q: Where does the information about the books come from?
A: The product descriptions, book information, and customer review all come from the official e-commerce store. Please verify all information on the e-commerce store for accuracy.
All opinions at the bottom of the post are my own from personal experiences with the books. Images are my own, and taken of books from my personal inventory.
How do I order PaperPie Books:
Q: Where do I shop for PaperPie?
A: You can shop for PaperPie books and products by clicking the “Shop” menu tab above or visiting my PaperPie e-commerce shopping site.
Thank you for shopping with us!
Q: Where can I find… ?
A: If you are looking for a book in particular, try using the search function to find the title.
Otherwise, the menus can be really helpful for narrowing down the selections and finding great books for your family. We offer over 1,800 titles so it can get confusing.
Need help, just send us a message we would be happy to help you pick out titles your family will love!
Q: What is a PaperPie wishlist?
A: A wishlist is one of the tools available on the shopping site that can help you bookmark and save, or share your book requests with family and friends.
It’s a great way to window shop through all of the amazing book options and narrow down your selections. I can also help recommend books based on your child’s age and interest with a personalized wishlist – just ask!
Q: How much does PaperPie shipping cost?
A: Shipping rate is based on your order total. You can save on shipping by increasing your cart total!
- Orders up to $59.99 ship for $9.95
- Orders from $60 to $99.99 ship for $8.95
- Orders over $100 have a flat shipping rate of $6.95
Q: How long does PaperPie shipping take?
A: You should expect PaperPie shipping to take approximately 7-10 business days for your order to arrive. Your books may arrive within a week, but plan accordingly to allow enough time if shopping in anticipation for a specific event, holiday, birthday, etc.
PaperPie upgraded all their shipping capacities and facilities recently and books are shipping out quickly after typically 1-3 business days processing.
Q: Can I track my PaperPie order Shipping?
You can find a tracking number for your PaperPie order for more precise estimate on when your books will arrive.
Just visit the PaperPie shopping site and then login. Click on “My Account” in the upper right corner and then navigate to view your orders.
Q: Does PaperPie Offer Free Shipping?
Unfortunately, PaperPie does not offer any free shipping incentives.
Because books are heavy and generally ship by UPS ground, the shipping charges are subsidized and really quiet low compared to actual costs of shipping PaperPie products.
You can lower your overall shipping expense with a larger order.
PaperPie Customer Special Offers:
Q: How do customer specials work?
A: When you add $40 or more in retail to your cart, you will be able to select one of the current customer specials!
The customers specials are books found within the current PaperPie catalog at full price, but discounted to thank you for your order. You can save up to 60% on items found in the customer specials section!
They are a great way to add an extra book at a great price, often without even increasing your PaperPie shipping cost.
Q: How many customer specials can I earn?
A: You will earn your choice of 1 title from the customer specials selections available to purchase at their discounted rate for every $40 in retail sales. There is no limit to how many customer special titles you may qualify for!
- Orders over $40 retail = 1 customer special
- Orders over $80 retail = 2 customer specials
- Orders over $120 retail = 3 customer specials
*This offer and minimum to receive a customer special changes for promotional incentives from time to time.
Q: How often do customer specials change?
A: The customer specials are updated about once a month, and stock may limit availability. If you spot something you love, don’t hesitate to order while it’s still available. It could be gone tomorrow!
Hosting a PaperPie Book Party:
See our whole post about PaperPie Book Parties for more in-depth information!
Q: What does someone do as a PaperPie hostess?
A: The hostess role is to invite friends and family to your PaperPie Book Party and keep the party active by participating!
It’s best to personally invite your friends/family instead of just bulk inviting them to your event, because it lets your invitee’s know you were thinking of them personally and not just as a number on your friends list.
Q: How many guests should I invite to a PaperPie book party?
A: Plan to invite 20-40 guests for a home party and 40-80 guests for a Facebook party. You will have friends that won’t be able to attend, so this large number helps you have great attendance at your event.
The key is following up if you don’t hear back from your guests.
Keep it simple, something as easy as “Hey Julie, I just wanted to make sure you got my message. The party start tomorrow, let me know if you’re able to come!”
Q: What are the PaperPie Hostess Rewards?
A: A PaperPie hostess earns FREE and half price books based on the total party sales! This easy chart can show you just how many book party rewards you can earn. Most PaperPie book parties reach $300-400 in sales.
Each month, a new special promotional offer is added with bonus free books for reaching certain sales goals and one new party booking.
That could be something like an extra $50 in free books for parties over $400! Ask me about the monthly special for hosting.
Q: Can you explain the breakdown of the PaperPie Party Hostess Rewards?
A: For each new $50-level in party sales you will earn $10 in free books. The half priced books allowance increases by $25 at every new $100-level of total Party Sales. For example:
- Party Sales over $100 earn: $10 in free books and $25 half price
- Party Sales over $150 earn: $20 in free books and $25 half price
- Party Sales over $200 earn: $30 in free books and $50 half price
- Party Sales over $250 earn: $40 in free books and $50 half price
- Party Sales over $300 earn: $50 in free books and $75 half price
Q: I want throw a PaperPie Party! How do I get started?
I can’t wait to help you throw a fun and exciting book party with your friends!
Before we get started, pop over to this in-dept post about How to Host PaperPie Book Parties to find out about the types of parties and everything you’ll need to know so we can get started right away. Then, email me and we’ll set a date!
Becoming a PaperPie Brand Partner:
Read our in-depth guide on how to become a PaperPie Brand Partner here.
Q: Are there minimums PaperPie StoryMakers have to meet?
A: Nope, there are no minimums to stay a PaperPie Brand Partner (also called a StoryMaker). You will always receive a commission if you initiate a sale, even if your account moves to inactive.
Q: How much does it cost to be a PaperPie Brand Partner?
A: Brand Partners will pay $8 a month to activate the personal e-commerce website, newsletter tools, and back end ordering system.
You can opt to not pay this monthly expense until a month when you’d like to place an order or reactive your website.
Q: Can I become a PaperPie Brand Partner consultant just for the starter kit or just for the discount?
A: Absolutely! That’s why I joined PaperPie, and it’s become much more for me! The PaperPie add on bundle is a really great way to get a nice set of books at close to half price!
For the most up-to-date information about what’s included in a new consultant kit, and any additional questions, see this helpful guide to becoming a PaperPie StoryMaker!
Q: What is the commission?
A: New consultants make 25% commission on all retail sales from home shows and eShows.
Additionally, you can get certified as an Educational Consultant to work with the local schools and libraries. Commissions as an Educational Consultant range from 17-25%, depending on the program.
Every month that you reach $1,000 in sales, you’ll earn a 4% bonus and a Success Kit prize!
Q: How much can I earn as a brand partner?
A: The average PaperPie party brings in $300 to $400 in retail sales.
With a 25% commission, that means you can easily make $75-$100 per party.
The flexibility of being a PaperPie brand partner means you can work as much or as little as you need to work around your family and your schedule.
Ready to Shop? Have Additional Questions?
Find all our favorite PaperPie titles in our online store. You can shop for PaperPie (formerly Usborne Books & More) on the e-commerce site, or keep looking around this blog to find pictures inside the books to help you find the perfect books for your family.