Textbook publishers will do 'everything possible' not to raise prices

Juan Carlos Alonso

The president of Anele, José Moyano, points out that it is difficult to calculate the final impact of the increase in production costs in this sector

EFE Madrid

Textbook publishers are doing "everything possible" not to pass on the increased production costs to the consumer and stress that
more than 50% of the students receive some kind of help to purchase your school textbooks.

In an interview with EFE, the president of the National Association of Book and Teaching Material Publishers (Anele), José Moyano, explains that the rise in production costs may "differ in each of the companies"; Thus,
it is difficult to calculate the final impact on the sector.

“Logically, if it is affecting the economy as a whole, it will also affect publishers. Having said this, companies are doing everything possible not to pass on the entire increase in production costs to the final consumer. In fact, if we look at what has happened in recent years,
textbooks have not been inflationary objects“, he underlines.

In addition, it draws attention to the fact that just over 50% of students receive some kind of help for textbooks, whether they are
books on loan or direct aid for their acquisition.

Regarding the sales forecasts for this year, the president of Anele explains that, given the situation that has been experienced with the change of curriculum and "the uncertainty" -as a consequence of the entry into force this year of the Celaá Law- , it is difficult to make a calculation.

"This year -he adds-, a good part of the prescription that, normally, was made in the month of June has been moved to September".

Due to the delays in the publication of the new curricula for all educational stages by the ministry and the autonomous communities, the publishers
have been forced to work with drafts that the Departments of Education have sent them, but the manuals will be ready in due time, Moyano guarantees.

All the communities have provided the drafts so that work could be carried out, «not only the publishers, but also the teachers, in the preparation of both the books and the didactic programs for the next course. All educational content publishing companies are working with these texts to provide books and resources at the beginning of the next course.

At this time, seven communities have approved all their regional decrees (Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, Madrid, Aragón, Valencia and La Rioja) and seven have not approved any (Andalusia, Canarias, Castilla y León, Catalonia, Galicia, Murcia and Basque Country).

The rest of the territories have approved some of their decrees and are yet to approve the rest.

After pointing out that the new curricular development represents a "very important" change, Moyano recalls that the law establishes that
It is the teachers who make the decision regarding the books and contents that he uses in his classes, so any instruction from the Administrations regarding the books that teachers should use would mean going against the law.

“Having said this, there are two communities, Andalusia and Murcia, that have loan systems that have decided not to change the textbooks. In the case of Murcia, the 1st and 3rd grade books will be changed, but not the 5th grade and 1st ESO books. The 3rd year of ESO books have not entered the free program and, therefore, there are no instructions in this regard.

In Andalusia, "they argue that they do not have time to have their curricula approved, but the truth is that the drafts exist and that next year the new curricular development in odd-numbered courses must begin."

Both in Andalusia and Murcia, the decision on non-renewal "responds more to a budget issue than to anything else," according to the president of Anele.

The catalog of publishers of this employer has 34,371 paper titles and 26,749 digital titles (as of August 10) and most of the paper titles give access to digital content.

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