Updated: 10/08/12 : 07:36:29Printable Version
Educational publishers say they've managed to make minimal revisions to school books in Ireland, as agreed with the Education Minister.
Ruairí Quinn agreed a code of practice with the publishers to ease pressure on cash-strapped parents.
Now, The Irish Educational Publishers' Association's published a new survey saying they've managed to hold off on price increases and revisions to the books they produce.
The IEPA is also reporting an increase in demand for eBooks - though they're calling on the government to decrease the 23% VAT rate they're subject to.
General Secretary of the IEPA Cliodhna O'Donoghue explains why eBooks represent value: "Money can be saved because publishers don't have to pay printing or warehousing costs.
"Generally that means we offer a discount of between 20% and 35%.
"However, much of the saving is negated by 23% VAT. The IEPA have called for that to be reduced but the Minister for Finance has declined to do so on the basis that it would require a reduction in all other areas subject to the same type of VAT."