The development of on-line bookstores has enabled Hong Kong students to buy textbooks and stationery easily via the Internet. Buying school textbooks on-line is a new concept in Hong Kong. Students can make their purchases by just clicking computer icons, selecting titles and inputting their personal information and credit card number. There is no need for them to queue up for hours at bookshops. Lingkee Bookstore, set up in 1943, is a pioneer in selling textbooks on-line. The bookstore went on-line in 1998. Michael Chau Ho-fai, administrative assistant of Lingkee said they took to the Internet to provide customers value-added service and an additional channel to make their purchases. Lingkee's Web site, http:// www.lingkee.com features a wide range of textbooks for students from Form One to Form Five. Mr Chau said that the number of customers has kept growing over the past two years. However, he said the bookstore would not depend on on-line business alone. People still like to do business face-to-face. 'The on-line business of the company is less than five per cent of our total revenue,' he said. Mr Chau said selling books via the Internet was a new trend but it would not replace the traditional bookstore. 'Security concerns also make people fear on-line shopping,' he said. To lure customers, Lingkee is now offering a 10 per cent discount for on-line cus tomers. The bookstore would diversify its business by producing educational CD-ROMs next month, said Mr Chau. Besides Lingkee, several established bookstores are also joining the on-line race. Edmall. net is an alliance of several bookstores including Ching Fung Book Store, Wai Fat Books and Stationers, Man Fung Book Store, Kai Ming Book Store and Chinese Book Company. CP1897.com, the e-business flagship of Commercial Press E- Business Holdings Limited, also sells books on-line.