Book­seller says iPads have cut the num­ber of books used by stu­dents

Bray People - - SPECIAL REPORT -

MICHAEL DO­HERTY school sup­plies on the Main Street in Bray has stopped tak­ing sec­ond-hand books for this year.

They do still get en­quiries, but the dead­line has passed for sum­mer 2017.

Shane Ho­ran of Do­herty’s said that there are a num­ber of sec­ond-hand books for sale at the shop, along with brand new books. They are mainly ju­nior cy­cle, first to third year, with some Leav­ing Cert books avail­able.

The wouldn’t have any sec­ond-hand pri­mary school books, as they are of­ten work­books which the chil­dren have writ­ten in dur­ing the year.

Oth­er­wise, the pri­mary schools of­ten have a book rental scheme. Peo­ple can leave in their book list, with a con­tact num­ber, and the staff com­plete the book list. They will call when the items are ready.

If a cus­tomer has said they would pre­fer sec­ond-hand, staff will fa­cil­i­tate that wher­ever pos­si­ble.

Shane ex­plained that books can be­come ob­so­lete if a new edi­tion has been pub­lished. ‘ They then es­sen­tially be­come use­less for the new aca­demic year,’ he said.

iPads have re­duced the num­bers of books used by stu­dents. Shane said that he thinks a lot of par­ents pre­fer the tra­di­tional pa­per book. Do­herty’s is get­ting busy al­ready and in to Au­gust it will get even more so.

As well as text-books, they stock nov­els and plays pre­scribed for the cur­ricu­lum. For any­thing of that na­ture they don’t have, they will di­rect cus­tomers to Dubray Books.

Neill Ryan, Sophia McDon­ald, Tadhg Devlin, Shane Ho­ran of Michael Do­herty’s on the Main Street in Bray.

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