Buying Conductive Education books from Budapest, in 2015

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.

3 comments on “Buying Conductive Education books from Budapest, in 2015

  1. Andrew Sutton April 10, 2015 9:25 pm

    Money transfer abroad can be so painful! I hope that CEP’s customers find payment relatively painless. The Pető Institute published quite a lot over the years and made it availble for sale. It might certainly help the Pető College’s position in the world of Conductive Education if it were to establish a simple system for out-of-Hungary customers to purchase its products. Those books took a lot of hard work to prepare for publication. They deserve a system to enable wider circulation. Perhaps for example they could be advertised on eBay, or marketed through Amazon.

  2. Agnes April 11, 2015 11:52 am

    Hi, I am conductor and I will buy any book for you. My father-in-low works in England…a private mail maybe?

    • Gillian Maguire May 14, 2015 3:27 pm

      Thank you very much for this, Agnes. I have had the same offer from another conductor which I have accepted. I may well get in touch in the future if you are happy for me to do so.

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