Second-hand textbooks high on demand

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Lending, selling and buyback of schoolbooks are making a comeback this year as many residents are facing financial strains due to unprecedented circumstances.
As children return to school whether on-site or turning to virtual modes, books undeniably remain sacrosanct while talking about learning.

Facebook and whatsApp Book Swap Groups

As families severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, many parents are resorting to secondhand school books. This has led to the creation of many Facebook and WhatsApp book swap groups. The sole purpose of the group is to find and exchange books among the members. This sometimes is not much organized as it’s an open group formed by residents and lacks the efficiency to meet the demand for books.

How parents anticipate spending on books

Pre-owned books are in demand as children are realising the need to adapt to their situations, say parents.
“My children are open to hand-me-downs and for new purchases, we would opt for more affordable shops. They don’t mind taking schoolbooks that are in good condition from their seniors. We’ll also buy other necessary books from more reasonable stores and not necessarily from the big branded ones, as long as the quality is not compromised,” said Lionel Augustine, father of three children.
Another resident Ajay Singh added: “Text-swapping initiatives are amazing. We can share our used books with people who are looking for it. Earlier we had no clue where to give our books. Such community efforts benefit everyone economically, especially in Covid-19 times, where many are facing pay cuts. Pre-owned books or hand-me-downs are certainly a good option.”    – Report by Nandini at Khaleej Times

Dubai – As children return to school whether on-site or turning to virtual modes, books undeniably remain sacrosanct while talking about learning.

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