About Booksplits by Margo Fleming
For many years, I have watched my children struggling with heavy schoolbags and have worried about the long term damage that might be caused to their developing spines. I drive my children to and from school each day because of the weight of their schoolbags, although I know that it would be far healthier for them to walk. I have spent a long time thinking about this problem and I finally decided that I needed to try to do something about it myself.
At first, I felt a technological solution, such as using a laptop, iPad or eReader was the only alternative. However, the more I read, the more I felt that this was not necessarily the best option. Using screens for an additional six or seven hours each day can bring its own risks – eye strain and repetitive injury strains. There is also a lot of new research which questions how effective learning is using screens versus using books.
During my research, I also discovered how concerned Neurologists, Cognitive Scientists and Psychologists are about how the human brain is being altered by the over-use of Information Technologies. Many of the people in Silicon Valley who provide us with our IT solutions are aware of the negative findings, so much so, that many of them choose to send their own children to computer- free Waldorf schools, to ensure they develop creativity and problem solving skills.
Therefore, in seeking an alternative to one of the technological options i.e. iPad, Laptop, eReader etc., and whilst also solving the heavy schoolbag problem … BookSplits™ became the solution.
A little bit more about the product Booksplits
Each BookSplits pack contains
• 2 Front Covers with a flexible spine flap – one for the front of each half of your book.
• 2 Back Covers with a narrow peel-away strip, (for easy alignment) – one for the back of each half of your book.
• Rebinding Strip – which can be used to rebind both halves of the book in the future, should you require.
€4.99 per pack
(Plus Postage and Packaging)
Books can be cut and rebound at any stage during the school year.
Suitable for 3rd level books too. Books can be cut and rebound in two or even three parts – you decide.
By applying these self adhesive rigid covers to your book halves, you are effectively turning your paperback books into hardback books. The rigid cover is adhered directly to the front and back of each half, thus forming two new covers. There is no need to apply any other cover to your book – these covers will provide all the protection your books need. You can split one, some or all of your books. The more books you split, the lighter the load. You then have the option to only carry home the half of the book that is required for homework each evening and can leave the other half in school.