As the 2011-2012 school year winds to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a restful vacation. I would also like to thank all of you for choosing to use the book this year – so far almost 2300 books have been distributed worldwide. While the textbook situation facing IB economics teachers is now much improved as compared to last year, I am pleased to report that I have received orders in the past couple of months from schools that did not order the book last year, so hopefully the book’s combination of clarity, concision and affordability will continue to resonate with teachers and students.
Concerning orders, as my distributor in Oman is due to go on holidays in a week or so, I expect that I will not be having him send books out again until the first week of August. However, as the bulk of the copies are there (1500 books as opposed to just 200 or so here in Canada) if you are a North American customer and are interested in ordering a large quantity of books, please let me know right away so that I can have him send them to you from Oman before he goes on vacation.
Lastly, I am anticipating a second printing in the spring of 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year. Based on my experience this past year producing “Economics for Canadians” I am committed to engaging a graphic designer to make the second edition as visually attractive and engaging as possible and to printing a teachers’ guide containing the solutions to the exercises as well as teaching ideas and suggestions for additional resources.
However, beyond that I am quite open to suggestions from you, the users of the book, about how to make it better. Some things I am considering are:
1) Printing the lessons and the exercises in separate books, so that the former can be re-used in successive years
2) Just printing the exercises while releasing the lessons only in electronic form (I am considering using the new Apple textbook platform) to reduce distribution costs and to support e-learning initiatives
3) Releasing the entire book (lessons and exercises) electronically using the new Apple textbook platform (I still need to play around with the software, but if the exercises can be made interactive this might be a great way to go)
Again, though, if you have any ideas or suggestions as to how to make the second edition better, please feel free to share your thoughts with me by email.