The Pető András College has inherited the books published for sale from the former Pető Institute.
Over the past few weeks emails have been going back and forth between me and the Library at Pető András Főiskola in Budapest. I wanted to buy two of their publications, and it took time to establish costs, including postage. The items, both by Maria Hari are The History of Conductive Pedagogy and the French edition of the Human Principle in Conductive Education, both not available anywhere else.
Yesterday I received an invoice for both of the publications giving me the charges in forints and euros, about £15.00 in sterling, including postage. Payment was required before supplying the books, which is not unreasonable, and I had to do this by transferring money from my bank account to that of the College.
I went to arrange this at my bank and was horrified to discover that there was a charge for doing this of £20, more in itself than the cost of the books with postage. Getting home I immediately contacted the Library and asked if it was possible to pay by credit card or debit card or even send two Conductive Education Press books in exchange for the ones I wanted.
It was very disappointing to get a reply this morning saying that none of those options is possible. In 2015 it seems incredible that it is not possible to pay by card, and must mean that a lot of international sales of books are being missed.
What a shame. Perhaps the College will get around to offering different options of paying as part of their general modernisation and join the rest of the world.
I am not inclined to pay the fees and will have to consider what to do next. I have been told that I would be very welcome to visit the Library anytime and buy the books then, but I don’t think a trip to Budapest is very likely though it would be great to visit and meet Noémi Zalavári who has been so helpful.
Setting up Conductive Education Press’ publications to be ordered and supplied via the Internet seems even more like a good idea now, and does mean that all seven publications can be ordered and paid for immediately anywhere in the world.