Tips for Purchasing Textbooks
Mrs Leung: Hi, Mr Ho. Why are you in such a hurry?
Mr Ho: I have just received my son’s school textbook list for the new school year. I am now rushing to buy the textbooks, as I still remember that several textbooks were out of stock and I couldn’t buy them in bookstores during the last summer vacation.
Mrs Leung: That’s right. The progress of printing and supply of some textbooks were delayed last year because of the epidemic, resulting in a shortage of stock in bookstores during the summer vacation. Hence, before going to buy textbooks, I will browse the “Textbook Information” webpage of the Education Bureau for the latest information on the textbook supply and the expected publication dates so that I won’t have to rush to buy textbooks.
As the new school year is approaching, parents may wish to refer to the following tips when they buy textbooks for their children.
- Before purchasing textbooks, browse the “Textbook Information” webpage (edb.gov.hk/textbook) of the Education Bureau (EDB) to learn about the latest information on the supply of textbooks and learning materials;
- Pay attention to the titles, editions, publishers and other information of the textbooks on the textbook list to avoid mistaken purchases;
- The textbooks marked “Reprinted with minor amendments” on the textbook list are not “Revised” textbooks. For these textbooks, Parents may consider using the original edition. However, they must check carefully the applicable edition listed on the textbook list.
Parents could also refer to the latest version of the EDB’s e-leaflet “Tips for Purchasing Textbooks”, which lists the points to note on buying new textbooks or using second-hand textbooks.
QR Code for downloading the “Tips for Purchasing Textbooks”
During the summer vacation, should parents have any enquiries about purchasing textbooks and learning materials, they can call the EDB’s “Textbook Information Hotline” at 36983947 or 36984025. For the actual supply of individual textbooks, parents are advised to check with the relevant bookstores.
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