27th February 2015 – Dublin South FM
Interview with Padraic Marren, The Business Eye – Minutes 1 – 20
15th January 2015 – Newstalk
Interview – George Hook & Gerard Tannam – The Right Hook, Kickstart Your Business
BookSplits Interview – 44 minutes – 54 minutes (10 minute interview) on Podcast
18th November 2014 – Aileen O’Meara Media
7th September 2014 - Today FM
BookSplits on TodayFM – The Sunday Business Show with Conall O Morain
4th September 2014 – RTE Radio 1
24th August 2014 – The Sunday Times
BookSplits featured in The Sunday Times – Business Section 24th August 2014
31st July 2014 – Dublin City FM
Interview with Kelly and Andy – Upstarts Programme
22nd November 2013 – Irish Independent
BookSplits featured in Irish Independent
E-book ‘disaster’? Sometimes it’s the simple answers that work best
Although the ‘book to e-book’ switch is of benefit to students’ back health, sometimes it’s the old-fashioned, economical solution that works best.
One Irish woman has discovered her simple answer to the heavy school-bag problem has been an effective one so far this year.
Margo Fleming, owner of Book Splits, said her method of halving books and binding them again has been a popular choice for parents since September.
“I was at a school in Dublin on Monday night and every parent, bar one, in the room bought a pack to split their child’s books,” she told independent.ie.
“Parents are thinking about their child, their child’s back and their child’s health. The reaction has been very positive.
“I’m not trying to compete with tablets and e-books, but it’s a solution for those who are still using school-books.
“There are pros and cons with the tablet idea. I think it’s balance is the key for the child’s health.
“I don’t know if technology is the answer. I don’t know if e-books are the right tool.”
Margo speaks following the announcement of a Laois secondary school principal this week that their switch from books to e-books had been an “unmitigated disaster”.
Families of students at the Mountrath Community College in Laois paid €550 for the devices at the beginning of the school-year, but principal Martin Gleeson told independent.ie the students had a number of issues with the devices.
He has since replaced all the students’ e-books with traditional books once again and is awaiting tablet provider HP to solve the issues.
“We’re not blaming anyone, HP have said the issue is a priority for them,” Mr Gleeson said.
In a letter sent to parents, Mr Gleeson wrote, “The roll-out of e-learning which involved the use of HP Elite Pads and e-books should have been an exciting and new way of moving forward.
“The HP Elite Pad has proved to be an unmitigated disaster. We have met with HP representatives on a number of occasions to address the issues.
“To ensure stability and continuity of education I have ordered a full set of books for all the students.”