BALANCING THE BOOKS: Are publishers profiting from new school book editions?
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School books continue to be one of the most costly expenses for parents at both primary and secondary level.

With the rising cost of living, two thirds of Irish parents say Back to School costs are a financial burden - with books, transport and uniforms high cost contributors, the 2022 Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) report found.

Politicians and campaigners have called for free school books for all children for years. Yet, despite the Department of Education stating book rental schemes are in place in about 96% of primary schools and 69% of secondary schools, costs continue to be significant.

Costs are not helped when new editions of books and workbooks are released, making reselling or passing them to siblings or other students impossible.


We want to investigate how frequent new editions of textbooks are released, if this has increased in recent years and if publishers are profiting at the expense of parents and schools.

We will also examine the use of one-time use workbooks by schools, if they are necessary and their associated cost to parents.

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