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Handing Down School Books to Younger Sibling

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07/01/2012 13:45 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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Ok folks,

This may well have been discussed before.
There appears to be a "scam" (strong word!) whereby the publishing companies make minor changes to books every year or two and this effectively prevents the books being handed down.

If this was managed properly then parents could save hundreds of euros annually.

There are ways to rectify this situation by using parent/pupil power!! I have ideas!

QUESTION: Is there any interest from schooldays users in this subject?




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07/08/2012 15:22 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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One way of handing down books is to request your school to bring in a school book rental scheme. The school can then request the teachers to choose the books carefully from the start as they will not be changing the books again for about 6 years. This will help to reduce the costs for parents. Every parent has the right to request this as schools are in receipt of taxpayers money in the form of grants...look into it. Request the information from the Dept of Education.



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07/08/2012 22:44 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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Let´s hear more about the ways of fixing this. Schools should certainly be monitoring the cost of books on the list, and the tracking the amount of new books on the list each year. They should also be putting pressure on publishers - something like "we´ll choose your English book if you can guarantee that this version will be available for x years", where x = 3 or 5 or whatever.



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08/08/2012 10:59 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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Indeed the concept of book rental and similar sounds great. Although, the school might need parents to help run the scheme.
Ironically, one of the teachers in my childrens school is also the author of a school book. Suppose, there is a newly published edition and the author gets €1.50 for each sale (?) , this will result in thousands of euros guaranteed revenue.
E.g. 7,000 books at €1.50 is over €10,000 bonus for very little work



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08/08/2012 12:32 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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hmm...that is one of the hidden problems of schoolbooks. Parents need to become a lot more active and vocal about it. See this link:
http://www.facebook.com/IrishSchoolBookRentalScheme.
The only way things will change is through demand for change...tell all your friends to like this page and spread the news.
School book rental schemes really work if run properly and every school should have one.



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19/12/2012 12:43 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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How to STOP authors writing a new edition of their school book.
In many cases the authors of the school books are teachers.
Publish the authors name and school address (on facebook?).
Then IF they produce a new edition of the book(for no reason other than commercial) we (the parents) could bombard the school with letters (not emails) complaining about the new edition (and unneccessary expense).



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19/12/2012 22:27 - Schoolbooks / Uniforms
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I don´t think we should be blaming the teachers who write new books. It is down to the school to decide what books they choose. When choosing books, they should be looking for a commitment from the publishers to keep the current version available for 3 years or 5 years. If the publisher wants to bring out a new version, that is their own business - provided they keep the original version available for the agreed period.
Schools have a huge amount of purchasing power - they need to use that power.




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