Book Discussion Scheme

Book Discussion Scheme is a nationwide not-for-profit organisation. We are a member of the Federation of Workers Educational Associations (FWEA).

Established in 1973, the Book Discussion Scheme modelled itself on a similar membership scheme in Australia (operated by the Victoria Council of Adult Education). The BDS has since developed into a unique organisation and provider of quality books to book lovers throughout New Zealand.

Today we have more than 1200 groups representing more than 11,000 individual members.

The Book Discussion Scheme lends books & professionally prepared discussion notes to self-directed book groups. We cater to adults and to high school and tertiary students. We also run a programme for ESOL (English as second language speakers) and migrants.

We deliver anywhere in New Zealand. Delivery is included in membership.

We offer you…

Value for money – we loan out sets of books to self-directed book groups (average cost for adult programme is $6 a book + about $1 return postage). We are a not-for-profit organisation, so keep our costs low.

Convenience – we courier books with discussion notes anywhere in NZ (included in membership cost).

Choice – more than 900 fiction & non-fiction titles to choose from.

Great discussion – your group reads and talks about the same book.