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Before now, no real solution existed to help reduce the massive financial
and environmental cost of buying college and school books every year. In
Ireland, up to one million college, secondary, and primary school books are
dumped or not re-used each year. This is a staggering environmental waste.
Now there is a solution. Tim Hurley from Waterford, now living in Lucan Co
Dublin, has set up www.schoolbookexchange.ie. "Necessity is the mother of
invention" and the idea for an online schoolbook exchange facility arose out
of Tim's bitter experience of paying out hundreds of Euro year after year to
buy new school books, when many of these books were already sitting un-used
in other peoples homes.
"I was convinced that there simply had to be a better way of supplying
students with the books they need. My own research showed that there are
hundreds of thousands of used college and school books in homes everywhere
just gathering dust, while at the same time there are students and parents
all over Ireland looking for these same books. What was needed was a place
where people all around the country could buy and sell their used text books
to each other. The Internet allows this to happen, hence my idea of setting
up www.schoolbookexchange.ie", says Tim.
The web site is now up and running and Tim is urging people all over Ireland
to use it. "The immediate need is to encourage parents and students to
register their used college and school books on the web site before the
summer holidays. This will make a huge amount of books available on the web
site for people to buy when the next book list comes out. Never buy a new
text book again, before you check out www.schoolbookexchange.ie first to see
if you can buy it second hand. Thousands of people have already used the web
site and registered their used books, and I know there are many more people
out there who will do the same once they know about this service", says Tim.
Tim is asking everyone to spread the word about this web site by email, text
message, word of mouth or a phone call - it will really help to get the
service off the ground and make sure the web site is of use to everyone. "I
want to make sure parents and students never buy a new text book again,
before they check schoolbookexchange.ie first". So please play your part,
and you will help protect our environment and save money on the cost of
school books ".