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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 29-Apr-12 13:29:00

As you may or may not know, we have been working with Pearson Education over the last year or so.

Pearson is an educational publisher - they have provided many worksheets here for example, and free e-books [link], as well as working with MN to provide information on curriculum review as well as lots more see here.

Some Mumsnetters have been reviewing the books - for KS1 and KS2 (and Scottish equivalents too). These books (and more) are for sale in the Pearson shop on Mumsnet (and elsewhere).

They say "you have fed back that you like support we are giving you monthly, we've had 100s of positive MN reviews of the packs of books in the shop, and there's been some fantastic feedback from Mnetters that our books have really helped their children learn to read"

HOWEVER...we're not seeing loads of visitors to the shop! sad

Please take a couple of minutes to let us know why. For example....

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Any feedback is welcome.

Everyone who adds a comment will be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £50 John Lewis voucher as a thank you.

Thanks, MNHQ

PS: here's the link to the Pearson shop on MN if you want to check it out

Solo Sun 29-Apr-12 13:39:02

I didn't actually know that there was a shop for Pearson's books on here!

HateBeingCantDoUpMyJeans Sun 29-Apr-12 13:42:27

Do you mean clicking to them via a link/using a mn code?

Tbh I always look for the cheapest deal if I am looking for a specific title. I have looked at any of tge stuff above I will go and have a nose. For me books are something that I value but do not have tge funds to get what I want.

Pascha Sun 29-Apr-12 13:42:45

OK. I admit that I never knew the shop was there.

We use the library but the range of books is quite limited. My son is only 19 months old though so enough there for him at the moment.

Maybe in the not so distant future I will be considering using the free service. I don't know about buying books through Pearson when it seems no cheaper than the dreaded Amazon.

TBH a large proportion of the books we have are gifts or bought when we have a giftcard from Waterstones or just second hand. I can't justify the money when there are so many ways of getting hold of free or cheap books.

I imagine a resource like this is much more useful as children grow up. I would consider it a good idea for kids older than about 4.

Lilyloo Sun 29-Apr-12 13:43:54

I had seen the review threads but wasn't aware there was a shop on here. I tend to get most of my books for the dc's from the book club at work or order online from The book people. Will go and peruse your shop now.

fivegomadindorset Sun 29-Apr-12 13:47:00

Didn't realise there was a shop on here for Pearsons although can I also say who?

To be honest unless it is a classic book that I want the children to keep and pass on to their children we use the library.

Lilyloo Sun 29-Apr-12 13:47:28

Is it just my computer, when I click on an age a drop down link comes on but then goes off before I can choose an option?

Pascha Sun 29-Apr-12 13:51:05

Also, having just (probably for the first time ever) gone to see if I can find the store from scratch, its not obvious there is one from the home page. The bookshop link is buried halfway down the page on the Learning link and I had to look for it. I think you need the shop link in a very prominent place for people to start looking at it.

RustyBear Sun 29-Apr-12 13:54:23

How about an iPad friendly video?

I just looked at the store and the site itself looks wrong. It's not very easy to find, search or get more information on. If I am going to buy a multipack I like to see the titles in that pack. I couldn't find them here.

The prices seem high to me even with hefty discounts. I use Bookpeople and the works for cheap books. As someone said up thread I also use the library. I have never seen a Pearson book so making an investment in a 'teach to read' series is a leap of faith as to whether DD would find them engaging.

Kveta Sun 29-Apr-12 14:27:39

I tend to go to the library and charity shops for books for ds.

On the rare occasion I can't find what I want there, I will look on amazon for 2nd hand deals. I prefer not to buy new books when I can get them cheaper elsewhere!

Also, I didn't know Pearsons had an online shop anyway...

We also buy books from eBay, boot sales and charity shops. Our local library has excellent similar resources to the Pearson ones.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sun 29-Apr-12 14:32:04

Didn't know the shop was there. Just had a look and the books seem very expensive but look really cheap. (DD is 2)

I tend to buy books on amazon via recommendations from people or in RL from waterstones or local independant.

I tend to buy books that are a bit quirky and beautifully illustrated rather than the bog standard cheap and cheerful that it looks like Pearson have. Books that will still be good to look at as DD gets older.

DilysPrice Sun 29-Apr-12 14:38:35

I didn't know about the specific shop on Mumsnet (though I was aware of Pearson via the various MN linkups). It's really not very obvious. Having now browsed through, I think that though the Puffin selections are quite good for my KS2 DCs and quite well priced I wouldn't actually buy any of them because I've already got a copy of at least one of the books in each of the 3-packs. Might consider them as presents perhaps although, being chronically disorganised, I tend leave it late and have to go to actual shops for birthday presents.

Generally speaking I don't buy new books at full price unless they're hot off the press installments of series my DCs are hooked on, and I stock up on classics as and when I see them at incredibly cheap prices or in charity shops. The only other time I buy new is one book per term per child at the school book fair, or very special books as presents.

Lastyearsmodel Sun 29-Apr-12 14:39:21

Didn't know there was a link to the shop.
Tend to buy from Amazon for classics but use library for the rest. Not overly keen on giving extra work to kids as they spend long enough in school and I am happy with their progress.

I didn't know it was there! Are there other shops on MN I know nothing about???

We use the library a lot for our 8 year old dd. Also any book tokens/amazon vouchers are always happily received. I think the books are a nice range, but run the risk of duplications from the sets sold eg we already have The Secret Garden so wouldn't buy a set including it IYSWIM?

It took me a while to find the shop for them to be honest, I think they need to make it easier to find.

I had a fiddle about on it the other day, and I am definitely interested in some of their book packs, but for me I simply struggle with that much money up front and they didn't have individual options for the books, only groups.

DS has loved everything we reviewed for them, and if I won the £50 I would use it to buy the pack that does the whole process of learning to read for my DD, which is £49.99.

Other than that, I tend to use charity shops and amazon.co.uk for cheaper books.

The one thing that would make me buy from Pearsons is that it is structured to support learning at school.

gazzalw Sun 29-Apr-12 14:44:30

this thread has made me review how we buy books in this household - particularly ones for the children. The children are never short of books but we do borrow a lot from the libraries, on the grounds that it would be extraordinarily expensive buying books to satisfy demand! But our children have loads of books at home too because they get lots as pressies, from relatives and us for birthdays and Christmas.

We are always getting book catalogues from school and/or The Book People and Red House so usually pick and choose from those sources. Don't actively often go into Waterstones any more (our local one has a particularly non-inspiring children's section anyway) and don't even tend to browse on Amazon very much.

That is probably not the answer Pearson is looking for but I'm not sure what the solution is. I think they would need to compete with Amazon/The Book People (and that type of discounted outfit) on prices (of at least some books) to attract more custom. Maybe flag up, for a given time, very competitively priced classics (for whatever age-group).

It is a very difficult one. When I was a child we loved nothing more than browsing for hours in a bookshop to buy books with well-saved pocket money. But bookshops don't have the same pulling power in general these days. And browsing for children's books on-line is not really enjoyable unless you know what you are looking for....

nickseasterchick Sun 29-Apr-12 14:44:59

I didnt know the shop was here either ....for books for my dc I either use the library,borrow from friends or choose the best deal .....quite often some bookshops do buy one get one half price so I can use that to get a Xmas/birthday gift to put away.

Also I now find that the supermarkets offer very competetively priced books and I can pop them in with the groceries.

ICutMyFootOnOccamsRazor Sun 29-Apr-12 14:46:00

Never knew there was a shop link here. I don't really shop off Mumsnet, probably should check it out more.

Books we mostly get as presents or from charity shops. I also have boxes of them stored by my obsessively organised mother from when I was a child that get dug out when age appropriate.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 29-Apr-12 14:47:32

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child - local and wonderful bookshop, Amazon, Waterstones or charity shop finds.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need? Not looking for resources. Use library and take advice from school if more help needed.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it? - Didn't know there was a shop, mainly as I'm not looking for it.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources? - I don't come on Mumsnet to shop. I come for a chat, a lurk, sometimes for advice and sometimes just to procrastinate.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? - Not bought in person, sorry.

LimeLeafLizard Sun 29-Apr-12 14:54:23

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child

Amazon or special offers in Waitrose / other shops. We used to have a good local bookshop but it closed.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

Not currently, no. Might need to in future.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Didn't know there was a shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Not really, I come on MN to talk or sometimes for product reviews.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No, I haven't...

kellykateneedsaholiday Sun 29-Apr-12 14:54:45

My children are give loads of books as presents and I still have all my books from when I was a child. Occasionally they buy books from school bookfair or The Book People.
I didnt know there was a shop on here and Im not looking for resources.
I dont use Mumsnet for shopping, just use it for a bit of lurking and talk.

Like most other people I didn't know there was a pearson shop on mn. We tend to use the library, charity shops, and local bookshops as well as The Works because books just seem so expensive nowadays.

However ds is starting school in September so this might all change & I do miss seeing the book people at work now I am a sahm

gazzalw Sun 29-Apr-12 15:02:10

PS Never really thought to look on Mumsnet to buy stuff - leave the buying to DW generally. We've just browsed the Pearson on-line shop and found it relatively expensive. For DS (11) wouldn't think any of the recommended titles (for his age-group) would appeal (but he doesn't like reading anyway) and for DD (6) the 9 - 11 age-group ones are the type we would read to her as bedtime stories and are the classics we would naturally pick. But would prefer to see the books sold in their natural sets (i.e. all the Anne of Green Gables ones).

I think that because we don't buy many full-price children's books ourselves these days, we are totally out of touch with how extortionately expensive they are. With DS and DD, who have very different literary demands, it is unlikely that there are many that we would buy full-price if they are only going to be read once or by one rather than both children. Since they emerged from toddler picture books (all of which have been read by DS and subsequently by DD), apart from the Harry Potter series and the Narnia set and possibly Roald Dahl, there has not been much overlap. DS has always preferred non-fiction whereas DD prefers fiction.

DS wanted The Hunger Games Trilogy recently. DW went off in search of it in Waterstone's and WH Smith to compare pricing. She was not impressed that the set would set her back at least £15. Then received a copy of The Book People's catalogue and she was much happier to find the trilogy for £4.99! There's the rub.....

eeden Sun 29-Apr-12 15:03:56

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I "borrow" from Reading Chest because my child struggled with reading and I know that they will send me huge quantities of carefully banded books. My child went from struggling to above average in the space of a few months. If I buy books, it's likely to be from the book people for cheapness, convenience and habit.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

It is pretty daunting to find help for a struggling child yourself/structure it correctly. Hence using reading chest and kumon - ie paying for professional help effectively.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Haven't seen the shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Yes am interested in buying but indecisive and don't trust myself to get the right things.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No. I might have a look now.

ragged Sun 29-Apr-12 15:10:16

I just typed a query into the search box at top & got these results, does MN get pennies on back of that query, if I click one of the links? I don't see an obvious link to the Pearson shop, why not?

Sorry, I just don't think of MN as a shopping portal.
In the same way I can't remember to shop online via Nectar or the other pennies-back websites, to access Amazon/Argos/Ebay etc. I need my shopping to be quicker & simpler than all that.

As for book buying for DC: I buy as little as possible, reduce clutter & costs. 4DC+ me had a combined 75 books out on our library cards recently. I didn't understand the comment/reference to "free service" helping my child: what free service? In past I have bought KS1 + KS2 workbooks, but we have enough of those for the foreseeable future already. And I like to browse them in person in a real shop.

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

At the moment, I buy from car boot sales / charity shops as DS is still very little so I'm just looking for bright things to keep him entertained rather than books to actually read iyswim.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I've borrowed some resources from the library (e.g. books about sleep! or about teaching him to swim) but not currently looking for educational style books.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I didn't realise there was one. Sorry!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Honestly? Probably not. I'd say I'm here for 70% entertainment, 30% information, and the information is currently for me, rather than for him. Again, maybe that will change as he gets older.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Nope.

Some general thoughts about book buying...

- If I'm looking for something specific, I do compare prices quite competitively. Start on Amazon, also look on eBay (I'm not shy of buying second hand), do a google 'shopping' search, etc. I have bought direct from publishers in the past, but that tends to be for work (teaching)

- On the other hand, I'm also quite compulsive so when I'm browsing online I often end up buying things (have clicked through a few ads on MN, and used codes for JoJo Maman Bebe and Boden)

- Reviews from other MNers would definitely sell things to me
<looks sheepishly at BB Cream, BabyBliss Big Hair, a rear facing car seat, Close sling, The Help --and lots more things I've probably forgotten about-->

CheeryCherry Sun 29-Apr-12 15:17:12

We usually buy books from the book people or amazon for 2nd hand copies of particular books. But the library is our main choice, DS can go online and order copies for our local branch, it works really well.
I am not looking for resourses at the moment.
I didn't know there was a Pearson bookshop on MN, so have never looked at/browsed/bought anything for that reason. Don't consider MN as a shopoing site, though I would follow a link for MN money off voucher if I spotted it.

PetiteRaleuse Sun 29-Apr-12 15:22:53

I don't come on MN to shop. And i didn't know there was an MN pearson shop. That said, even if i had known i doubt i would have used it, and don't intend starting. I see the interest for MN but I don't want to use this site for shopping.

I buy almost all books except for second hand bolks from Amazon.

aristocat Sun 29-Apr-12 15:25:31

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
I usually use Amazon and the Book People are excellent (good prices/ good choice) too. We do visit the local Libraries very often and always take part in their summer reading schemes - DS did actually win a prize one year!

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
No, we do not use resources and would use the Library first.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
Didnt know there was a shop blush

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Yes any excuse to spend money is fine with me.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, not purchased anything yet, but will look now.

fuzzpig Sun 29-Apr-12 15:26:50

Another one here who hardly ever buys full price books. I just can't bring myself to when I know there are cheaper options. I do make an exception for school book fairs (even though the choice is normally dreadful) and world book day.

I actually work in a library now so obviously we get loads of books from there. They have plenty from charity shops (I volunteered in one) but when I want something specific - for example there are some nostalgic favourites of mine which they've tried from the library and enjoyed so I want to get them - I'll get a hardly-used copy from Amazon or eBay. Occasionally I get new books from discount places like the Works or thebookpeople.

As for the Pearson thing, I had an idea there was a shop on here, but hadn't looked at it yet. I guess the stingy part of me resents being told to buy stuff by MN blush I keep meaning to do more things to help DD with reading but haven't due to a crazily busy year. Now that I know they have free stuff I will be more likely to take a look grin

UniS Sun 29-Apr-12 15:35:15

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I don't buy many "new " books for my child, we borrow a lot from the library, Grandparents and other relatives buy new books. I buy some books second hand. I buty "new " books for my nieces and nephews, but they live abroad so I use a web shop based in their home country.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
Not looking for resources. School and library are pretty good.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
Haven't gone looking for the shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Not normally looking to buy stuff when on MN.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Not done so, so no opinion.

PepeLePew Sun 29-Apr-12 15:36:50

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We use the library sometimes but our local one is dire and the better one isn't particularly convenient. Mostly I buy from Amazon or the Book People or our local independent (ESP if the children have book tokens) plus the odd opportunist purchase (e.g. a book on mummies at the British Museum yesterday).

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I am always prepared to buy resources if they are suitable, though free obviously better

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I didn't know it was there!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I don't think of MN as somewhere to actually buy stuff. Will check it out!

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

BornSicky Sun 29-Apr-12 15:52:05

I also didn't know about the shop link and will now probably take q look because of this thread.

I buy most of my books at car boot sales and charity shops, but for specific ones I know I want, I buy from a local, independent book shop.

I have trouble finding multi-lingual books for my son, so I also ask friends overseas to buy them in their home language and send them over.

lostinpants Sun 29-Apr-12 16:14:40

I too didn't realise the Pearson thing was a link to shop, thought it was just another ad. I buy or loan loads of books, (we are all avid readers, especially DS1) usually from:
Our great local library
DC's school library
Car boot sales & charity shops
Amazon online, they have great deals
The book people, also great deals especially for sets
Waterstones, cos I just fancy one at the time and I love to browse
I often send book vouchers/Waterstone's vouchers for kids presents too
occasionally from supermarkets
I don't know Pearson so have no reason to buy from them. what's their USP?

Woodyhels Sun 29-Apr-12 16:14:47

I join the masses by saying I didn't know there was a shop.

We tend to use the library (we have been in 4 different ones this week) we also find books we like in waterstones or whsmith and then look for the cheapest prices, we also have a kindle but no books for dd on there yet as she is only 8 months

megabored Sun 29-Apr-12 16:15:35

I did not know there was a shop on mumsnet to buy books. I generally buy from amazon as they are the cheapest. Also, Costco if u r a member are really cheap to buy books from.

SuePurblyingoodVOICE Sun 29-Apr-12 16:17:37

I didn't know about the shop but I prolly wouldn't use it much anyway. I tend to buy second-hand (sorry) or use the library. I do buy audio books new so I'll pop along to see if you have any.

Could you have a pinned thread, at the top of the Children' Books section, with links to the shop? Or a weekly book club, perhaps with children's reviews non sweary. I think MNetters tend to buy from other Mnetters, or at least on their recommendations, not from a shop so much IYSWIM.

wolvesdidit Sun 29-Apr-12 16:23:26

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We use the library every week. We occasionally buy their books from Amazon (best range) and mainly from the Book People (excellent value). We also get a lot out of charity shops.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I am always looking for resources as we home educate. The free service (have not looked at it) would not entice me to buy books anyway as I usually know what I am looking for.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Fine but I like the unbiased reviews that I get on Amazon.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I never think about buying stuff whilst I am on Mumsnet.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Have not bought anything

clopper Sun 29-Apr-12 16:26:04

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere? Waterstones and WH Smiths sometimes also amazon, but mostly boot sales. we use the library regularly.

Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need? Am interested in maths books/ resources and 11+ materials at the moment

Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it? Unaware of shop

Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources? don't really think about buying things through Mumsnet, but am interested in reviews from other parents about different products

Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? Not bought anything

TheProvincialLady Sun 29-Apr-12 16:44:51

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child

Local second and bookshop, Waterstones, an independent bookshop nearby - but TBH they are given so many that I tend to only need to buy them for presents or for example if DS1 is doing a particular topic at schol.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

Might be looking.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

II didn't know there was a shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I have never bought anything via mumsnet. It's not really why I come here.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No but I will have a look.

AllotmentLottie Sun 29-Apr-12 17:54:19

I never actually spotted the shop on here. I have to say that browsing for books I tend to do at local charity shops (we have many!) and then I use Amazon or the local Waterstones when I have a specfic book in mind.

We also use the library a lot. DS is currently on Beast Quest 24 - we'd be bankrupt if we bought all those ourselves, as they only take him a day or two to read.

HazeltheMcWitch Sun 29-Apr-12 18:00:51

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child?
Amazon if I'm looking for something specific. Also the supermarket, where I buy on impulse sometimes.
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
Not looking for resources (paid-for or free). Not sure if this will change as my DCs progress though school, however.
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I didn't know there was a shop. Slightly ashamed to admit that after idly clicking on some links, I've still not found it!
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I use Mumsnet for chatting. I might be tempted to click though a link if someone particularly raves about something, but I certainly don't come here to shop.
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No.

i haven't heard of this shop but i generally buy books from amazon. i recently bought several children's books from play.com who can also be extremely reasonable and offer free delivery.

in terms of learning resources i can't imagine that i would buy things given they are used for such short periods and tend to be so overpriced. i'd make my own or use aqa or other sites to find free resources online. i have been with my sister when she has bought such resources (ks subject guides, study aids) in whsmith before and didn't really cover much.

i can't see a link and the only pearson books i can find via googling seems to be aimed at HE and professional books.

bagelmonkey Sun 29-Apr-12 19:31:05

I didn't know the shop was there either, but I'll certainly check it out now. I buy most of my books online, although I do make a number of impulse book purchases when I'm out in town. Books are one of my weaknesses & I love buying them as gifts for other children.

ohmeohmy Sun 29-Apr-12 19:33:35

Hard t find shop. Tend to get kids books in charity shops, or amazon.

Indith Sun 29-Apr-12 19:38:55

We use the library really, I don't often buy books for them, books are expensive. Various relatives buy them so we still seem to have shelves overflowing with books. Ds1 (reception) reads early chapter books and such from the library and we have a set of jolly phonics workbooks which is what they use at school so I don't feel the need to get more stuff as he reads anything he can get his hands on anyway.

I might take a second look at the shop though for numeracy resources as he is less confident with numbers and I am less confident supporting him with them.

gazzalw Sun 29-Apr-12 19:43:57

PPS If I was after educational resources I would probably look in the library first. When DS was doing his 11+ prep we did invest in quite a lot of VR/NVR/Maths and English related practice papers (from W H Smith)but at that point we weren't even aware of the Pearson portal on Mumsnet.

I don't think that for primary schooling we would invest in educational resources that had to be purchased. Might be different for KS3/KS4/and beyond, when the DCs get to those educational milestones. Only general book that we've been tempted to buy (it's been sitting in my Amazon basket for months) is the Carol Vorderman one that explains maths - seems like a good back-up resource to have in the house, particularly as we are not very mathematically-minded parents grin.

MadeinBelfast Sun 29-Apr-12 19:46:30

I've been browsing Mumsnet loads since having a baby 6 months ago. I didn't know I could buy Pearson's publications here though. We received some book tokens when DS was born and so went to high street retailers. We've also got a library and a fab local cooperative book store on our high street which I like to support.

Takver Sun 29-Apr-12 19:51:34

Q: Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
A: Generally I buy books second hand from Abebooks or borrow from the library

Q Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
A: Not really looking for resources - generally just buy fiction

Q: Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
A: Didn't know anything about it

Q: Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
A: Might be interested, but only spend time in Talk & hadn't seen it

Q: Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
A: N/A

DarkMatter Sun 29-Apr-12 19:55:39

I've looked at quite a few of the Pearson threads, but I didn't know there was a shop before now.

My children aren't at school yet, but I'd view Pearson Bug Club titles as 'school reading books' and encourage them to read more widely at home - even if they didn't already use Bug Club at school. They don't compete well with trade titles on price, but them they are designed for the school market. I don't think most parents would want to invest in an entire reading scheme over the years.

On the other hand, I would certainly invest in cheaper iPad/tablet versions of Bug Club titles (perhaps via subscription).

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 29-Apr-12 19:59:52

Thanks for all the feedback so far...I will add a link to the bookshop to my OP so you can have a look .... and here it is. All feedback welcome smile

BornToFolk Sun 29-Apr-12 19:59:55

My 3 main sources of books are:
1) the Book People - I often buy DS birthday or Christmas presents from here
2) Waterstones - if we are in town DS likes to visit Waterstones children's dept and I sometimes buy him a cheap book as a reward for good behaviour while shopping
3) charity shops.

We also use the library a fair amount.

I haven't looked at the Pearson shop, despite being one of the testers. blush I'll go and have a look now...

Grockle Sun 29-Apr-12 20:03:23

I usually buy books from Waterstones (only local bookshop & DS loves the cafe grin) if we're browsing or Amazon for planned purchases (eg I know I want to read him a Moomin story so I'll order it). We also use the library.

I have recently ordered handwriting books for DS - I didn't know I could get them through MN - I didn't know there were shops here (and I've been here for a good 6 yrs). It would never occur to me to look on here & even now I know, I doubt I'd buy. Not sure why though.

Grockle Sun 29-Apr-12 20:05:15

Having had a quick look at the link, I wouldn't buy anything because it's not what I've been looking for.

choccyp1g Sun 29-Apr-12 20:08:43

Didn't realise there was a shop on the site.
Educational workbooks are a waste of money for him, he just won't do "schoolwork" unless it is maths, and he can do maths in his head anyway.
When he was smaller he would come in and choose his own, but nowadays I choose books from charity shops for DS, (and usually read them myself even if he doesn't).
If there is a particular series or author he enjoys, then we will get more of the same, either from the library, or cheap sets from the Book People, or look on amazon, e-bay for second hand.

Firawla Sun 29-Apr-12 20:12:11

I never knew the shop was on here either, have had a little look now but will have a proper look later

I buy books mostly online eg amazon, or if i am out and browsing in town then might get something from there but tend to go for the cheapest, which is online. we do tend to get a lot of books from here and there eg presents, so we dont actually buy that many although we do have loaddddss i dont know where they all appear from as i dont really buy that many tbh but they just seem to accumulate.

i do buy workbooks and things which i feel are educational, that is something i make more of an effort to specifically find and buy, for my 3 yr old. i saw there is some of that on the mn pearson thing and did see a couple of things i had my eye on from before but i will check if its the cheapest available, if it is ill probably go back and buy it at some point.

naturalbaby Sun 29-Apr-12 20:52:50

I overlooked the Pearson details as my oldest child is 3 so assumed it was for school age kids. We also hardly buy any books because we have been given so many and have 2 great libraries nearby. When I buy books it's usually via Amazon.
I'm waiting till he starts school to get stuck into buying resources but to be honest, I'm expecting school to meet most of his needs (lazy mummy alert).

spendthrift Sun 29-Apr-12 20:59:21

I use the Book People for presents and spur of the moment books for Ds, charity shops likewise though like all children he prefers new, our local independent book shops for specific purchases and Amazon, eBay and Abe for arcane stuff he wants. W H Smith and Galore park for academic support. Waterstones with him for a treat.

I didn't know Pearson had a shop..

I didn't know there was a Pearson's shop on MN but I don't come to MN to shop so wasn't looking for it. DD is 20 months old and I've bought her books second hand from charity shops and NCT sales, a few from the Book People as their prices are pretty unbeatable.

mckenzie Sun 29-Apr-12 21:15:41

I wasn't aware the shop was there but now that I have been to it, I'm not overly impressed with the layout. Plus I'm quite a tactile person - I like to actually handle the book I'm going to buy, unless it has been specifically recommended. Reader recommendations like they do in Waterstones would probably attract me.

happybubblebrain Sun 29-Apr-12 21:21:41

I buy books from carboot sales, charity shops and ebay mostly.
I've also bought some kids books from Amazon and from book shops, mostly Waterstones.

We used to go to the library all the time, but now my dd (age 5) has a collection of about 500 books so we don't need to go. When she's grown out of them we will sell her books or give them to charity shops so everything gets recycled again.

We also have enough reading books sent home from school for educational purposes.

I'd never heard of Pearsons until now.

AliceInordnung Sun 29-Apr-12 21:22:57

I've just spent about 3 minutes looking for the Pearson shop on Mn and failing It's not in the list of partners - is it?? (Now found it in the op link after reading it twice)

I buy dd books from Amazon, ebay, WHSmiths (educational), library and charity shops. Always looking for a discount or bargain. She's always been resistant to extra learning at home so I don't push it.

I would buy via MN if it was enough of a bargain.

PermanentlyOnEdge Sun 29-Apr-12 21:25:17

I had absolutely no idea Pearson had a shop on MN, so have never looked. Had a quick glance, and it looks well structured and prices are not too bad.

I have lots of books at home, and use the main central library in our city regularly as my DS is very driven to read and gets through a lot of books. I usually buy from Waterstones both because I worked for them for six years and because I like to browse before I buy. I use Amazon to buy books for my nephew and niece as they live abroad, but really prefer to choose books for me and the kids in person as I like them perfect! (I'm a 'can't stand the spine to be broken' book person)

I haven't wanted to buy extra educational books for DS yet as he's still in reception, and DD is only 2. DS learnt to read with Peter and Jane, 1a through to 8b, and I feel he works hard enough already at reading, and at other subjects at school. I'm sure one day I may well use extra support as I am a secondary school teacher too and want DS and DD to do well.

I would want to be able to choose 3 books individually and get a discount, rather than having them selected for me in a pack.

I hate discount bookshops and don't particularly like buying books from supermarkets. I hate feeling they are somehow 'cheapened' by being sold that way! You can tell I love a quality book buying experience. I love a good bookshop, and hate the feeling their days are numbered. I generally resent the Internet for its effects on bookselling, and resist buying from websites, tho I have used Amazon, Waterstones.com and Foyles website to source difficult to find books. I also like the Oxfam bookshops.

A bit of a mixed bag I realise, but hey, that's me.

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Supermarket, Amazon and our lovely, local independent bookshop until it closed down 6 months ago.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

At the moment not looking, I bought primary resources when DS1 was little and DS2 is now using those. Might need Secondary resources for DS2 soon though.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I did not have a clue that there was a MN Pearson shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

See above.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

See above

cazzybabs Sun 29-Apr-12 21:41:40

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I normally use amazon

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
If I buy books they are normally good quaity picture books as opposed to levelled books. I woud buy a book because it has been recommended.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I have had a look - but if I want reading scheme books I go to school

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Just happy wth Amazon

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? No

Firstly, I use Mumsnet for advice and support, so wouldnt think to buy from the site. Also particularly not from a "commercial sponsor" - think Innocent last year.

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
A: I buy a lot from charity shops. My local library was revamped a few years ago and it is GHASTLY so i rarely take DS in there. It is now run by 18 years olds who really couldnt care less (Yes thank you Kent for Sevenoaks library)
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

A: I do use resources bu t follow threads on here and buy accordingly.
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
A: Not looked.
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
A: DOnt want to buy when I am on mumsnet
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
A No

I am very interested in literacy as I run my own book business selling Usborne, so do try to keep up to speed with competitors/alternatives.

An0therName Sun 29-Apr-12 21:45:27

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
If I buy books - its normally from Amazon - or 2nd hand -or the libray
I like both discounts and also reading the reviews
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I don't need that much resources at the moment - I had a quick look at the free resource before but wasn't that excited
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I knew the shop was there - but handn't really looked at it before today
The prices seemed quite high- I don't like bundles unless very cheap - eg book people, and there were no review
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I am not that interested in shopping on mumnet - I do buy things - including books that people recommend but would rather compare a wide range of things at the same time
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

SkinnyVanillaLatte Sun 29-Apr-12 22:02:05

I didn't know the shop was there.
I use the library massively and buy from Charity shops.
I don't buy new books,but would ask for a book as a present.

GreatGooglyMoogly Sun 29-Apr-12 22:09:56

When we want to buy books we look for the cheapest place, usually amazon or the book people, sometimes book depository. Otherwise the DC get given them as gifts and borrow them from their school libraries. I sometimes use MN for book recommendations but wouldn't look to buy from here.

moonbells Sun 29-Apr-12 22:12:06

I didn't realise there was a shop! Thought the Pearson's threads were all for testers and that was that...

Had a brief look. I actually don't know where to start.

Having spent years reading books to DS, he absolutely loves long, complex stories and to be honest, the stuff that's out there for beginner readers is boring to him in comparison. Almost a step back. The books I've borrowed from the library with phonics (mostly Usborne) have been all basic and sometimes silly rhymes in present tense only telling next to no story. Yes I see why, repetition of the sounds is key, but can't someone write one that can tell a decent story too in both present and past tense?

So can someone tell me if the Pearson books do this? Please? Sample pages?

I can't really tell from the site. I have to admit I also don't like buying books 'blind' as it were. I like to see them first. DS is 4 so hasn't formally started to be taught to read and I am desperately trying not to put him off by forcing the issue - I was reading at 3!

DS is 3. I cannot remember the last time I bought him a new book, although his great Grandma just bought him Peter Rabbit!

We go to the library at least once a week (they know him by name now!) so most of the new to him books come from there. The vast majority of his books that we own come from NCT sales. I look for books he has enjoyed from the library, and other good quality books.

stealthsquiggle Sun 29-Apr-12 22:24:17

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

largely from Amazon (for cheapest price) or impulse purchases from bookshops

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

not really, because I think they have been and continue to be supported well at school and I don't really need to buy books other than for fun.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I hadn't found it, but don't in all honesty find it particularly relevant now I have, apart from the Puffin packs which I will definitely consider for future reference.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I have bought plenty of stuff as a result of recommendations on MN - especially books - but was unaware of the Pearson shop.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No, I haven't.

PrisonerOfWaugh Sun 29-Apr-12 22:24:34

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
> I buy from our local discount bookshop, from places like 'The Works' that have good offers and from 'The Book People' for their great collections. We visit the library weekly and get at least 5 books each time.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
> I have used the free service, but to be honest we have lots to read at home and material from school. We have too many books blush

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
> I never knew there was a shop! Now that you have mentioned it I just tried to find it and it took me about 3 minutes starting from the links in the top bar. I'd say it is not at all well advertised <understatement>. It needs recommendations, a list of top sellers and even then I'd compare on Amazon and The book People.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
> I buy loads of stuff when I'm on Mumsnet, a la The MN scarf, steam cleaners, Kenwood mixers, £1.99 dresses etc. so it isn't that I'm not willing to buy, but a good recommendation is a must (as is being a sheep it seems)

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
> No

I get children's books from the library, charity shops, swap with friends, the book people, relatives, birthday presents usually.
I very occasionally buy new books at full price from Amazon or take the DCs to a bookshop with their WBD tokens.
I haven't looked on the Pearson website as I never click on the banner ads etc. I am generally on the iPod so most web pages are unwieldy anyway.
My DCs read so many books, generally quite hefty tomes too, that there's no way I could satisfy their appetites with a stream of new books, and I'd have nowhere to store them. I cannot afford a kindle either, especially for the DCs as they take books to bed and I'd worry about a kindle under a pillow (although if MN needs a kindle testing I would gladly do itgrin).

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We own a lot of books, and we buy them in general from the book People (great phonics packs) or Amazon. Simply out of habit. If I had a subscription which got me great deals on children's books I would look at it though.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

All the stuff they are rushing ahead on (maths and english). Also stories for bedtime. Ones with 25 pages or less (she read them and if they are any longer I fall asleep.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I did visit initially but did not find what I wanted quickly (the search was a bit crap) and it didn't appear to be 'my sort of site'. So I left).

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Wrong resources. Also I'm on here to be distracted from the little buggers frankly. Don't make Mumsnetting a 'worthy experience'

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Nope.

SurvivalOfTheUnfittest Mon 30-Apr-12 09:04:41

I didn't know the shop was there but come on M N for chat and advice, rather than shopping. I buy books from Amazon, supermarkets and the book people. I'm always looking for the cheapest way to buy the books I want. The DC are not old enough to need 'educational' books yet.

Merrylegs Mon 30-Apr-12 09:12:35

DD and I have been reviewing the Pearson KS2 books so I knew they had a presence on MN but I hadn't found the link to the shop until the OP here.

I just clicked through to have a look - the fiction books we would likely get from the library, but DD has asked for some KS2 maths SATS revision guides The Pearson ones looked useful and somehow 'friendlier' than the guides Amazon were offering. Also reasonably priced (although I was hoping for an MN partner discount code at check out!)

HOWEVER when I clicked through to create my account (I got as far as entering my address and ticking it as the one for delivery) it took me to a 'site server error page' so I haven't managed to order anything. I have to go out now but will maybe try again later.

Blatherskite Mon 30-Apr-12 09:22:00

I had no idea there was a shop!

Pity, as I'm a sucker for anything that might help DS at school.

Also not sure where these worksheets have been hiding - I'm off for a look!

BenedictsCumberbitch Mon 30-Apr-12 09:47:10

I didnt know of the link or Pearsons. When we buy books it tends to be from Amazon, Waterstones, Borders (as was) or even the supermarket if they have something in I think the kids would like. I don't really think of Mumsnet to buy stuff from, I never click on adverts unless by mistake.

Selky Mon 30-Apr-12 09:49:05

Another one who didn't know there was a shop!

We use the library a lot for books so DS can browse and see what piques his interest. I would use the internet for a particular title that I was sure he would like but probably not otherwise.

maples Mon 30-Apr-12 10:13:06

Hadn't seen the shop - will check it out now via the link smile

daisychicken Mon 30-Apr-12 10:24:17

I didn't know about the shop but having looked at it... I would have bought from the shop - sorry! There doesn't seem to be much choice, the oldest age range section has books that would be too young in reading level for my 10 year old and my 7/8 year old wouldn't be interested in the choice you offer.

I buy books from the book people, amazon, supermarkets, the works - any where we can find suitable books at a good price! We also use the library.

daisychicken Mon 30-Apr-12 10:24:55

Sorry - supposed to say I wouldn't have bought from the shop - sorry!

PuzzleRocks Mon 30-Apr-12 10:37:31

I buy from Amazon because they are usually the cheapest place. I had no idea there was a Pearson shop on here. If the prices are competitive then I am very interested as we buy a lot of workbooks.

PuzzleRocks Mon 30-Apr-12 10:39:43

Just had a quick look and my first impressions are good. It looks like a fab resource and I particularly like that they have explained book bandings.

PuzzleRocks Mon 30-Apr-12 10:41:20

In fact I have bookmarked so we can read some of the free e-books when DD1 gets home and I am almost certain to place an order come payday.

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere? We have a lovely library but use it far less since the children started school (aged 8 and 6 now) because of less free time available to go there. We have been given many over the years, also get them from charity shops, Amazon (new and secondhand), The Book People (sets) and Waterstones (to support the High Street and because the children like spending time in there looking at the books)

Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need? I have never heard of Pearsons, by and large I go to MN via a bookmark to Threads I'm On and never look at the rest of the site, especially I ignore adverts. I do go on the internet to find literacy and numeracy sorksheets etc, but usually only use free ones

Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it? - Never found it

Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources? Yes and no, I come here for information but frequently follow up links in threads which may end up with buying things. I don't really look elsewhere on the site and my eyes tend to skim over the sticky threads at the top of Active Threads.

Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? - no but I will go and investigate now.

mistlethrush Mon 30-Apr-12 11:16:34

~ Where do you normally buy books:
DS likes to choose the books he's getting with tokens so we go to a bookshop with a good range. We have two different catalogues dropping samples at the office and I pick up some extras there - eg set of 15 Morpurgo books for £15. The Bookpeople do a catalogue at school, and there is a booksale both of which help the school. We are going to start using the library more, particularly over the summer holidays - although DS has plenty of books coming from school, with two library choices a week on top of his normal reading books (not that he counts the reading books as 'books' mind you).

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I've bought a couple of workbooks, but have tended to get these when there's a 2 for 1 offer at WHSmith or similar.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
Have looked at shop previously, and knew it was there. Its not very well laid out - if you click on (for instance) 7 - 9 you end up with books out of that age range being suggested (in all categories) which doesn't instill much confidence in the ability of the supplier to put the right thing in a delivery. You can't see which books you're getting with the fiction in some of the packs so I wouldn't get these in case DS already had them or had read them.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I don't come on MN to shop.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, sorry!

PeskyPiskie Mon 30-Apr-12 11:18:37

I didn't know that Pearson's had an online shop. I will definitely review this further when I've got some more time. My DS is learning to read (very slowly) with ORT at school, he's in YR1. It will take me a while to work out what level he is on with Pearson.
I usually get books for him from the Library or the excellent independent bookshop in our town.
It wouldn't usually occur to me to buy things through MN. I usually look to MN for recommendations of places to buy and for advice.
I think I will probably buy some things from Pearsons in the future, they look good value for money too.

Merrylegs Mon 30-Apr-12 11:23:40

Gah!

I came back to re-order as DD v keen to get these books asap - this time I got all the way through to inputting my card details which went through fine but on the v. last screen they wanted my 'verified by VISA password' -which I have never had and don't know, so I had to cancel the screen. Now don't know if my card has been charged - I am giving up with this, sorry!
(Amazon one click is so much easier!)

iseenodust Mon 30-Apr-12 11:38:50

Tend to use the library. If buying we have a local cut price independent book store in town - think browsing is part of the fun/learning. For something specific tend to use Amazon. Again like the facility to see first few pages/illustrations.

Didn't know Pearson had shop here or of free resources. Had a quick look and think the 6 books for £12.99 look good value. Would be helpful if had a bit about the stories and number of pages as would use this to guage level for DS.

Don't tend to click on any of the banner ads, sorry.

TheRhubarb Mon 30-Apr-12 11:58:24

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We generally tend to browse charity shops for childrens books as children 'grow out' of books very quickly so second hand shops have a very good turnover of kids books. Other than that, we use the library every month and if we find an author we really like, we will consider buying those books.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

In the past I have bought educational books for the kids, but I've found that once they are home and have done their homework, they have little interest in doing yet more work. Over the summer holidays however there is a case in using them to ensure that they don't forget everything they've been taught and it's at this time that I would consider buying recommended learning resources.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

The shop is easy to navigate and has some interesting resources, however I have seen the same resources (Carol Voderman books for example) on sale in Sainsburys for cheaper and of course from Amazon. I'm afraid that price does matter when you are desperately trying to cut back on expenditure as a family. A discount for Mumsnetters might tempt me though......!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

If things are recommended and reviewed by Mumsnetters then I do take note but I think it's just because we're in a recession and everyone is cutting back. Buying extra resources for kids is a luxury, it's not actually really necessary as there are free online resources you can use and some schools are willing to photocopy or even lend you books to help them at home.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Sorry, I haven't done.

sphil Mon 30-Apr-12 12:38:55

Another one here who didnt know about the Pearsons shop on MN. We buy quite a lot of books for Ds1 but normally go to the second hand section on Amazon, where you can often get books for 1p + postage. I'm also an avid charity shop hunter!

I do buy resources occasionally as both my DSes have SEN, but tend to do my own research and then trawl the net to find the cheapest way of getting hold of them.

But I am going to look at the Pearson shop now - will come back if there's anything to add.

Tamoo Mon 30-Apr-12 12:43:00

I didn't know the shop was there.

Re. buying books - I buy a lot for DS from boots fairs and charity shops. If there is a particular title or subject he is interested in, then I will compare prices in the usual outlets. Tbh we always end up buying from Amazon or possibly Abe Books if it is something old/rare/out of print. We only buy from high street booksellers if we have a book token to spend.

You have a point about not coming to MN to shop - I come here for the Talk pages and the only shop links I click on tend to be ones that come up in discussions, if they are items that are of interest to me anyway and they are also well recommended. And as others have said, DS gets reading homework already, we do that, the other reading we do together is our own 'fun' stuff (eg, atm it's a lot of myth and monster books, as well as various non-fiction; he takes so much more pleasure out of these than school-issued titles and they are just as 'educational' both in their subject matter as well as for the reading practice).

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 30-Apr-12 12:48:02

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We buy mostly from Amazon. This is because our local Waterstones, depsite being quite large, is rubbish, and focuses on piling high all the 3 for 2 deals, instead of having varied and interesting stock. there are no local independents left.

We used the library a lot though, often travelling to the next town to use that brach because the stock is better.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

No. We don't see a need to do worksheets etc at home. I'd rather dd1 just got fun books that she's chosen herself, than anything too reading schemey, as the stories can be a bit rubbish.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

As above, we're not really in the market for what's there.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I do look to MN for discounts, and would buy books.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No.

bebemoojem Mon 30-Apr-12 13:00:57

I also did not know there was a shop.

I tend to go on Amazon if think of it while in the house and want a book I'm already familiar with, and want it quickly. If I don't want it quickly, or don't know it, then I'll go into town and go to Waterstones to get a look at it.

On the link and browsing a bit I noticed that the shop is a bit basic and not all of the links work.
Also, it would be nice if you could go into an age group and see all of the books in the 'range.' I know you're not 'supposed to' but I often judge and I often am attracted to books because of their covers. If I'm not looking for something specific, then being able to see a choice of books at once which aren't 'themed' into phonic, numbers, etc. is titillating and can get me looking deeper. (Just like in the shops where they have displays of hot titles, new releases etc. for certain ages)

BigBadBear Mon 30-Apr-12 13:20:07

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Amazon and the Book People mostly, they are cheap and easy to navigate. We go to the library once every few weeks, and the DDs will each get out five or six books.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

A bit of both. I have bought some "learning to read" packs from the Book People, and use Amazon for other stuff. I have also inherited a lot of children's books from my family - in fact we get too much passed on to us so I often sort them and then pass on what we don't want to DD1's school and DD2's nursery.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I have looked at the Pearson shop on MN, but it is too narrow for me as I prefer to read user reviews and see books from more than one publisher. It's not very easy to navigate and there is no discount, so not really any incentive to use it rather than Amazon or somewhere else.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Not really interested in buying. To me, MN is a great resource in terms of reviews and chat, but I would then source the best supplier for me for something I wanted to buy - the cheapest, closest etc.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No, sorry.

SuperSesame Mon 30-Apr-12 13:26:37

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I usually buy books for my toddler in newsagent stands, on Amazon, Waterstones or from independent bookshops

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

No, not looking for resourses at the moment, but probably will in the future.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Never heard of Pearsons's shop on Mumsnet. I have now though so I will have a look.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

If something caught my eye then I would probably take a look. I buy online a lot generally but not yet through Mumsnet.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No I haven't

heliumballoon Mon 30-Apr-12 13:29:50

Joins the chorus of "I didn't know the shop was there".

DD (4) has four shelves of books and barely a single one bought new by me. All charity shops, jumble sales or gifts. or overdue library books. I simply would not buy her a new book unless I was after something very very precise like a book recommended on MN as helping with separation anxiety (eg The Kissing Hand) or having a new sibling (eg Waiting for Baby). Or if I found myself in Nickel's shop obviously!! The concept of a) shelling out lots of £ and b) buying a slightly random bundle of books just doesn't appeal.

I think also that the "give your child an early start" stuff doesn't resonate with every MNetter. You'll see many threads about whether it is important to teach your DC to read before they start school. My personal experience is of a friend who beavered away with all of these early reading books before reception, only for her DD to be bored rigid on arrival at school. I prefer to try to instil a love of books in my DD which involves giving her £2 to choose her own at a jumble sale rather than me selecting improving books for her. I'd be a more likely Pearsons customer once she starts school, I think, especially if she encountered difficulties.

ScorpionQueen Mon 30-Apr-12 13:43:48

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere? I buy them on Amazon, supermarkets, school book fairs, charity shops, anywhere I can get a bargain.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I am always interested in helping my children, whether they want me to is another thing. KS2 SATS are coming up next year but do I want to make DD resent me for adding to her workload? I don't know.
smile

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I haven't been to the shop and now feel bad for Mumsnet and Pearson so will have a look as soon as I've done this...

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
See above
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Not yet but I might if the prices are competitive.

gegs73 Mon 30-Apr-12 14:28:02

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
From Amazon, Waterstones full price if book tokens or from charity shops. We also visit the library.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
No not looking at resources

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
Not found the shop, didn't know about it.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Not interested in buying stuff on mumsnet.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No but would do if something I wanted and it was cheaper

PuzzleRocks Mon 30-Apr-12 14:31:00

Forgot to add Scholastic offer a percentage kick back to DD1's school which is a big incentive for me to purchase from them.

devilsadvocaat Mon 30-Apr-12 14:40:50

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We buy from our local bookshop, amazon mostly. We also use the library.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I find there is enough free stuff online on this and other sites to support learning.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Have seen the shop. I don't generally buy book schemes. I find it better to teach high frequency words using flash cards, puzzles and games for letter sounds. School provide books for readingschemes. I can use dr Suess or other simple books.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

The only thing I would buy is the online books, however, you use them for such a limited time it doesn't seem worth it.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Nope!

Finocchio Mon 30-Apr-12 15:14:15

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We did use the local library a lot but it shut.
I usually buy from charity shops, 2nd hand bookshops, Amazon, Book people.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

No, I feel I know a lot about children's books already, I read a lot as a child, I'm very interested in children's books so I keep up with new books and I talk about them to people.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Haven't been there.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I'm always open to discussions about books. Including buying books.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No. have not done this.

iloveberries Mon 30-Apr-12 15:25:21

i buy books from car boots/school jumble sales or sometimes book sales at work...

i always ask for books for DS bday and christmas..

never heard of Pearsons!

Hulababy Mon 30-Apr-12 16:47:14

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Amazon - for ease, often lower cost, quick free delivery
Waterstones - in town so convenient, gift vouchers often for there
Charity shops - for reading books, more so when Dd was younger and books much shorter, etc.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

Always looking for idea, not only got 10y DD but also for the y1 children I work with.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I didn't know it existed until now. Have had quick look and looks simple enough.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Wouldn't have known to look but may be interested at various times.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No.

AlmaMartyr Mon 30-Apr-12 17:42:56

I had no idea there was a shop! I'll have a look.

I mostly use Amazon, Abebooks and BookPeople for books. Amazon is cheap, Abebooks is great for hard to find stuff and I love the BookPeople sets. We use the library a lot as well, if there's something they particularly like then I try to buy it.

I'm always looking for helpful resources for the DCs so keen to try anything really.

I'd definitely consider buying from the shop now I know it's there!

CervixWithASmile Mon 30-Apr-12 21:56:19

I didn't know the shop was there either, or that Pearson did anything like this. I buy my children's books from Amazon just because it's easy and the store my payment info and post quickly. We do use the library but infrequently.

lagoonhaze Tue 01-May-12 08:55:25

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We borrow alot from the library and the school. If buying we look for the best price so amazon normally wins as its free delivery

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I would be looking for free sites as we cant really afford to be buying in resources at the moment.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I didnt know it exisisted!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I use my ipod so many just use chat. When I come onto laptop I look around abit but we are so skint at mo its just basics such as food we spend on money on at moment!

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

N/A

EggsOvaryZee Tue 01-May-12 09:44:57

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Use the library about once a month. Buy all my children's books from Amazon.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I did not know of their exsitnce. At the moment I would probbably be looking at free sites until DS statrd school and I was mroe aware of his needs.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Not found it, not well advertised.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I would buy if it was easy and simple.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Haven't done.

welliesandpyjamas Tue 01-May-12 11:07:53

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I almost always use the library, and rely on using the inter library borrowing service for anything not stocked in my nearest branch. Bought books tend to come from Amazon because it's quick and not too expensive. Any other bout books are usually presents.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I tend to use a mixture of common sense amd online resources. Sorry, don't know what you mean by free service.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I went googling pearson books the other day and found it quite difficult to find anything aimed at parents. I found the global site and the aite for teachers but didn't find anything obviously aimed at parents.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

No, I don't come on MN to buy although sometimes the adverts to catch my eye.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No, I haven't.

ImaginateMum Tue 01-May-12 11:14:16

I am terrible for not clicking through to things. Probably bad as I am not supporting a source of income...

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We buy books from BookPeople, Amazon, Book Depository, shops, charity shops. We go to two different libraries a lot and frequently request via Interloan. We also go to the French children's library in town.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I haven't looked.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Never found the shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Don't really associate MN with shopping.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

N/A

aftereight Tue 01-May-12 12:09:03

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Usually buy from Red House or Book People or the Works, and occasionally at full price from local (fantastic) bookshop

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
Tbh, I didn't know that the shop exists, although I usually access MN via my phone, so that may be the reason

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I'll have a look now - am interested in buying via MN if the product & price are right

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, but now I know about it I may well do so.

Cwm Tue 01-May-12 12:12:42

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I buy from Amazon. I find that Waterstones and the like don't always have what I'm looking for, for example a while back I was after some Big Cat Phonics books and they're hard to find. I also pick things up in the charity shop (things like Horrid Henry books that ds will read in an hour and so I don't want to pay full price for!) We use the library every 1-2 weeks as well.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I do sometimes look for resources, but I'm not looking for anything at the moment as my older child is now reading well and my youngest is doing well with what school provide.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I didn't see the shop and even now I can't find it. Can someone point me in the right direction please? blush

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I'm not interested in buying stuff at all when I'm on Mumsnet. I tend to navigate straight to the talk forum, bypassing the front page, and I do my best to ignore the advertising! Having said that, I would like to visit the Pearson shop now but can't find it.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No I haven't

Bluebell99 Tue 01-May-12 12:28:08

I use the library a lot and request books I want from other libraries. I buy books from Amazon, the book people, the works, less usually from whsmiths or waterstones, sometimes tescos. I try not to buy books at the full rrp. I also get lots of books second hand from charity shops. I will go and have a look at the shop after I've posted. I wasn't aware that it was there.

onfriday Tue 01-May-12 12:28:42

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? We buy from the charity shops a lot and sometimes from amazon or eBay
Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere? We borrow from the library at least weekly - the children also go to the library with the school.
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? No, so far the school has provided all we need.
Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it? i've not looked at the Pearson online shop
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources? don't consider mumsnet a place to shop.
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? no

Chopstheduck Tue 01-May-12 12:37:54

I hadn't seen the shop before but now I have, the books look good but my thoughts are

1. I don't want to pay for delivery. I can get free delivery on Amazon or I can pick books up when I go to town.
2. The books do seem a bit pricy. The SATS books are £3.99 for the study and then £3.99 for the practice.

I've been buying sats books lately. The 10-11 ones that I just quoted the price for, I bought the Collins SATS versions, for around £4 each from amazon that covered both study AND revision and were delivered for free.
I recently bought some from WHSmith too, and was rewarded with a voucher for money off my next spend.

Chopstheduck Tue 01-May-12 12:39:34

And £10 for three fiction books! I can get sets of ten for £10-15 in Costco!

chrisrobin Tue 01-May-12 12:41:22

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
We borrow books and audio books from the library and from school. We buy childrens books from the bookshop in the high street and from the supermarket. I like to involve the children in the books they buy and to encourage DS1 to think about what he wants to read, hence we buy 'in person' rather than over the internet.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I find resources on the internet and the school are good at giving resources for home learning. I do buy books as well though.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I didn't know the shop was there.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I'm not interested in buying fiction books over the internet as I like the boys to be involved but may buy resource books.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No.

seeming simple isn't it - if you're charging delivery and you are not the cheapest you are not going to get savvy people buying from you because they know better. and parents who are buying study guides and resources for their children tend to be of the savvy variety.

so cut your prices and don't charge for delivery or accept you're just not in the competition.

Chandon Tue 01-May-12 12:48:10

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Online from Amazon and Waterstones, but I pick these sort of books up in WHSmith mostly.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I have looked around and ended up with some online stuff, the Nessy game, some Carol Vorderman books and KipMcGrath tutoring program

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Never even heard of it until now,

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Don't really associate MN with shopping, it is for a "break" from my work, something to "read"

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
not yet

Becaroooo Tue 01-May-12 12:48:56

Didnt know the shop was there.

Off the top of my head I would say that its a pricing issue.

Books are great BUT I can get the same thing on amazon/the book people for half the price or less!

HolyCameraConfusionBatman Tue 01-May-12 13:03:21

I hardly buy any books for my DC because they get so many as gifts from other people plus we're members of the library. I buy books from the book people or redhouse as gifts for other kids because it's the cheapest place to buy them.

With learning to read type books we have enough from the school (4 a week) and the library. IMO it's not worth buying them because they race through them so quickly and they don't have a good enough story to make them want to read them once they've mastered that level.

I didn't know mumsnet were working with Pearson Education and I had no idea about the shop until I saw this thread.

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

If we're buying, it's usually from the supermarket or a book shop. DD uses Grandma's library card too, even though she's only two and a bit.

Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

Not really, we're a family of avid readers so it's not something we feel we need support withl

Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Not bothered looking.

Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Not really, I wouldn't buy books online when Mumsnetting. I'd go specifically to Amazon with a book in mind if I was going to buy online.

Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Not bought anything.

The site looks a bit clunky.

I often buy books from Amazon as I've paid for Prime so get free and super fast delivery. Or I buy them from charity shops.

Having looked at the site the Puffin packs look pretty good value so I might go back and look at those again. I never really buy 'reading books' to read at home. Interesting reference or fiction yes, but the school sends plenty of reading books & that's such a short stage - fiction books have more mileage in them.

I would be interested in buying literacy resources for (older) children with non-verbal autism/SLD's as general literacy resources are next to useless. Most is phonics based (hopeless if you can't produce sounds anyway) and even early readers have far too much language in them.

notcitrus Tue 01-May-12 13:36:38

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We use the library, though ds (age 3.8) is rationed to 2 books at a time because any more is too difficult for me to keep track of where he's put them. We go there every couple weeks as a free play space. He gets given ridiculous amounts of books by grandparents and friends, probably one a week on average, so I rarely buy any - I've bought a couple this year, from TKMaxx and charity shops. Atm he's loving reading the hardbacks I had as a child, like the Mr Men annual and Richard Scarry's Busy Busy World.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
No. He gets phonics-based books to take home from nursery each week and the odd worksheet, and is devoted to Alphablocks. He's able to read a few words ending in -at, -et, -og etc so given he's got over a year before school starts, I'm perfectly happy. Now if you have any resources to help teach a child to get dressed, I'd be interested!

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Didn't know there was a shop, but I only use MN for Talk and looking up reviews, and don't see any ads. If you wanted me to see your info, a link with Amazon would be the best bet.

lyra41 Tue 01-May-12 13:38:07

Where do you normally buy books from for your child

Amazon or a local book shop

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

Not at the moment

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Didn't know there was a shop.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Not that interested in shoppin on MN, I come on MN to talk or sometimes for product reviews.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

No

We use the library an enormous amount, and anything we want to have ALL the time tends to come from Amazon.

We also buy books through the school book club, which funnels money back into the school.

I don't think of Mumsnet as a shopping destination I'm afraid... I use the review section a lot but then source via best price from elsewhere.

Also more: I did go and have another look but you appear to only have two bundles. Now I don't know about you but when I buy a bundle of books I always find I already own three in ten and several are unsuitable which makes me grrrr.

I'd love to find a 'this can help with the following consonant cluster issues: ng, igh etc.' because this is where we come unstuck, rather than generic content.

Pozzled Tue 01-May-12 17:53:57

I didn't realise that there was a shop on here. Just had a look and was actually quite impressed by it, I'm quite likely to order some things soon- my DD1 is almost 4 and starts school in September.

We have hundreds of children's books, I teach primary so have been collecting them even before having kids. I tend to buy a lot from charity shops and also when they sell off the old stock at the library- they sell children's books for 10p each and they're often in great condition.

I'll buy books new for gifts or if I want a particular title, usually from The Book People or somewhere like Waterstones. I recently bought somr phonics titles to support my DD with early reading skills, and it looks like the Pearson collections are quite similar, so definitely tempted to order some.

UseTheForce Tue 01-May-12 23:24:22

We go to a WHS bookstore, they have a large collection of books for kids. Preferably with deals, e.g. 3 for 2. Waterstones also. We use our local library quite alot too. We found the shop quite easily, and yes, there's a decent selection, but would be more likely to buy if there wasn't any P@P costs.

ProfCoxWouldGetIt Wed 02-May-12 10:04:03

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
We're exceptionally lucky in that we have been give 100's of book for DD by friends that have slightly older children, and I kept all the books I loved as a kid, so we've never had to purchase any books for DD

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
DD is only 2,5 so reading is not too much of an issue at the moment, she currently memorises stories and will "read" them to you, but as for encouraging her to read, I have been using an iPad app that reads out loud as you run your finger over the text

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I had no idea that there was a shop blush

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I'd never considered Mumsnet a protal for purcasing things, but would probably be more likely to buy stuff that was endorsed by mumsnet

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Currently N/A but will probably do so in the future

Roseformeplease Wed 02-May-12 10:37:21

Pricing really does matter. We are not library users but we are all very, very avid readers. We have 2 kindles in the family and 1 more about to arrive as a birthday present. This means we can read a lot for free. We often go into Waterstones but my son usually checks prices out on Amazon as we are in there so he gets the best price. I impulse buy, probably 5-6 books at a time and am happy in a bookshop or online and probably split my spend between the two when buying for the children. I didn't know that there was a shop on here buy will take a look.

Pinot Wed 02-May-12 14:21:15

I always always buy my kids books online from Red House. They do cheap bundles and I get get a set for less than a tenner.

Sorry but price matters in my house.

Blatherskite Wed 02-May-12 14:52:46

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

I tend to buy book from Amazon to be honest as it's cheaper. If I remember I will also check with the Book People sometimes. My Sister works in a large highstreet bookshop so sometimes we get the from there and occasionally, I will go to another MNer I know who has a book shop - but 9 times out of 10 it's Amazon.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

I tend to look for resources most at the beginning of terms when we get the newsletter from school and after parents evenings when we've had an update as to how DS is doing and what he needs help with. I have bought resources in the past and will do again.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I hadn't found the shop. The first I heard about it was on this thread.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Mumsnet wouldn't be the first place I'd look to buy stuff to be honest. I'd probably only think to come here if I was looking for advice

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

I haven't bought from MN via Pearson.

RainQueen Wed 02-May-12 19:13:09

Another person who had no idea about the shop. We use the library a lot but I do buy books, usually from Amazon as they are generally cheap and they deliver!

Monstermuncher Wed 02-May-12 20:01:57

I want aware of the shop on MN. I dont really see MN site as a place to shop, although you can sometimes get some good tip offs re voucher codes and discounts.

Our local lending library is fab and we use it a lot as DD is an avid reader but if buying new books we usually use Amazon as you can do the wish list thing which makes it easy for grandparents etc to buy books as presents. Bookpeople are also good and visit my office sometimes (I think its them). Like many others have said its a price thing and I dont feel we need any other resource as the school is very supportive and can advise if we need it. Sorry, I dont see myself using Pearson.

missorinoco Wed 02-May-12 20:23:22

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

We go to the library weekly; I mainly buy books from Amazon if I am buying; reliable, free delivery and inexpensive. I have bought from Red House before also.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

I ahven't foudn the shop. Highlight it!. I zap onto MN when I have time, I don't tend to browse the sight for what's around, so if something cops up during an MN drought on my part I won't know it's there. Also, I have no familiarity with what the books are, and how helpful or relevant they would be for my child in general. This is my first school aged child, so I am feeling my way, I don't want to put too much pressure on him to learn to read, and make it seem pressured, when he enjoys books at present. i.e. I haven't got a clue what I am doing asnd how to go about helping him!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I'm not generally intreested in buying on MN, but I've been on the link and like the look of the pack. I suggest you also highlight the great discounts, that would get people's attention.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Not yet, but I will do.

cityangel Wed 02-May-12 21:03:38

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Amazon or the The Book People - whichever is cheapest. Sometimes pick up charity shop books or school fete. I get second hand educational books on ebay if they're obscure. I don't pay for delivery.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
Yes, very much so. I use the internet heavily and back it up with books.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I wasn't aware there was a shop, but unless its competitively priced or offers books/deals unavailable elsewhere then I'll stick to my current shopping options as they're reliable.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I would consider buying stuff if it was competitive, a unique offering, came well recommended, had no delivery

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, but will have a look now

IsAnyoneListening Wed 02-May-12 21:08:31

I tend to buy all of my kids books from the book people. I have found their service to be fast and the quality and choice is great.

I could be tempted away by lower prices if the service was as good.

We also go to the library every week and tend to pick up books there we would never have thought to buy.

tinypumpkin Wed 02-May-12 21:32:42

I never knew there was a Pearson's shop either. Like many, I use the library mostly although I do buy books. When I do, I will always search out the cheapest option which is often Amazon. I have sometimes bought from The Book People too.

zipzap Wed 02-May-12 22:25:39

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Tend to buy books from The Book People (or Bananas, their end of line online store), amazon or local cheap book outlets. Rarely buy books from full price book shops any more - locally they charge significantly more but don't offer any real insight or service for your money, nor do they carry a particularly good range of kids books. Where my mum lives is a fantastic independent book store with a couple of knowledgeable owners, whilst they don't have a big collection, I always come out of there with something a bit different and fantastic, so am happy to buy full price books from them even thought I could probably get the from amazon more cheaply if I looked.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
I do look for extra resources for my child - I've bought sets of reading books for him and also maths practice books. however he does use some free stuff - not least because he loves doing maths and would happily do a maths book a day if I let him (I don't as it's too expensive!) whereas I really struggle to make him read and enjoy reading...

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I didn't know the pearson's shop existed on MN. When I went to have a look at it I wasn't that impressed sorry - either with the prices (stuff I looked at was about twice the price as the same stuff on Amazon - which seems a bit off it is direct from the publishers!) or with looking for books - I tried to click on the age group I was interested in and nothing happened - then discovered I had to click into each section, I couldn't just see a list of everything the shop had for an age group. I gave up before I got to the end of the drop down navigation - so you didn't even give me a chance to look at lots of your books, let alone sell them to me. I'm a big girl - I know how to scroll - I don't need everything separated out into different areas. That's nice to have as well, don't get me wrong - but certainly don't ignore the fact that some people like to scroll down a long list of books.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Wouldn't think of buying stuff off MN usually - but not averse to it. I do get the shopping emails and scan them so maybe you could flag up your own shops on here more? And have more obvious ads - not just for the MN Pearson shop but for the MN shopping centre in general to raise more awareness. Have just looked at top nav and have no idea looking at it where any shops are on MN.
I think prices need to be competitive too - maybe not identical to the ones in amazon or book people, but at least in the same ball park.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, sorry, didn't know it existed...

lumbago Wed 02-May-12 22:50:01

We kept losing library books and having to buy them do now I just buy. From amazon or waterstones

CreamolaFoamFan Thu 03-May-12 08:54:27

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
We buy from a mix of bookshop & second-hand shop. Unless I've seen the book elsewhere, I like to be able to look through a book before I buy. I
We get a lot as presents, as well.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I just didn't know it was there. I think the age banding isn't great, as my two-year-old really likes picture books and having stories read to him, but there don't seem to be any in the 0-3 band, just the baby board book type. Not a huge selection, either, and nothing different that I couldn't find elsewhere.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I just tend to come to have a read and a break, although I find recommendations from other Mumsnetters useful.

Ivytheterrible Thu 03-May-12 09:41:16

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?

Another one here who rarely buys books for their DC. We get so many as gifts and as DD birthday and Christmas are so close I tend to hide some to bring out later in the year. Also use the library and also swop with friends as DD gets bored of the same books so quickly. If I do buy I use Amazon or the Book people.

Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

DD is only 2 so not wanting resources yet. More interested in letting her look at any book she is interested in so lots of variation, different interest etc. instead of just "educational" titles.

Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?

Just had a look. Not much choice in there for my DD age group compared to other online stores so I doubt I would buy from such a narrow selection.

Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

Unlikely to buy books through a MN shop but would buy if someone suggested something great on a more general thread. Like I do for style and beauty.

Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?

Not bought anything.

rockinmum Thu 03-May-12 09:52:53

Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
We use the local library regularly as it encourages my children to choose books themselves, however we also buy ALOT of books for them as my eldest child (3) loves stories and is learning to read.
~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
We are always on the lookout to buy resources which will help our children but I was not aware there was a shop on Mumsnet. My DD (3) enjoys completeing the KS1 workbooks with me and I feel this is part of the reason why she is good with numbers.
~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I didn't know it existed.
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
Now I know about the shop I am muh more likely to buy from yourselves.
~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No, see previous answer.

dayofthetriffids Thu 03-May-12 11:13:23

I didn't know there was a Pearson shop (or any shop) on MN. I've only heard of Pearson via the product feedback thread (altho' I wasn't chosen as a tester) but haven't read any of the reports back from people. I browsed through the shop for a peek and found that actually I have got some Pearson books already at home - which are Ok.

The shop is not very appealing to navigate. Lots of clicking on age ranges and abilities before you see any products. Pics of products are all quite small. I'd like to be able to see the product clearer and have just a small amount of text showing the type of stage/sentences the book contains. I was looking at the phonics thing and I always get confused by the colours and bands - does this relate to the same bands and stage that my/all schools use (ORT or whatever?) or is this just Pearsons one?

Basically because of my confusion over that if I'm buying an educational book then I tend to either buy a range that I know that my child has at school (so look specifically for that on, usually on Amazon. Or for more impulse buys I look at books that are dropped off at nursery/school by The Book Club where I can see what I'm buying. Or the supermarket.

For reading books I tend to use the library a lot.

I would consider looking at the MN Pearson shop (or probably just searching direct for Pearson (sorry, MN!) just cos I'd probably forget about the MN link. I mainly specifically look for quality educational books when I'm worried about a specific issue. Otherwise supermarket/Amazon/The Book People have it covered for me.

VikingVagine Thu 03-May-12 12:06:21

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Amazon or the The Book Depository because shipping is free. I don't use the library because I like owning the books we read (I never know which book to read with the children so having a wide variety to hand is useful).

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
Yes, I feel my children spend enough time in front of a screen as it is, I don't want to have to rely on Internet for everything.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I wasn't aware there was a shop, as I have already said I use Amazon or The Book Depository.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
When things are advertised on MN if I find them interesting I might buy them (but will shop around for the best price).

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No.

~Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Amazon usually, because it's convenient to sit and browse in the evening. We have a local independent childrens bookshop and occasionally I'll take the kids in. I do feel guilty for not using it more but she doesn't tend to be very well stocked and the kids want the books NOW. We love the library and have often bought books on the back of enjoying our borrowed ones.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
No, they do enough educational stuff at school.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
I looked at it briefly from the link above but haven't explored it much. I have about half a dozen websites I use and don't have much time for anything else

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I often buy stuff that other posters have recommended but not often from advertising links

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
No

DorisIsWaiting Thu 03-May-12 12:20:57

We use the library loads (even instead of school library books when dd1 was coming home with dross which she was not able to access). We also 'shop' at car boot sales and charity shops, children grow out of books so quickly and their tastes change as they develop I object to spending much (particularly with 3 dc). The dc's have great fun finding bargain books.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?
Occasionally I love for additional resources for specific things if I feel they need additional help with something but I normally set out and reserach carefully what I want to buy.

TBH I haven't seen the shop, I've probably seen the ad but I ignore pretty much all the advertising unless it is something really eye-catching (i.e. offering a freebie!)

I come on mn to chat, ask for advice and read the reviews but I can't remember ever using mn to shop. I don't have a huge amount of cash spare so tend to avoid things that are likely to make me want 'stuff', i.e. ad's.

gingercat12 Thu 03-May-12 13:24:41

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
Amazon, supermarket and Waterstones in this order. We somestimes also use the library.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need?

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it?
~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?
I did not now about the Pearson section on Mumsnet. Sorry.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
Not yet.

telsa Thu 03-May-12 13:32:00

I buy books from bookshops, charity shops, ABE second hand books online. I buy books from anywhere, but particularly like second-hand and bargain bookstores - provided they have the books I want. I am usually looking for specific books, so online is useful, as it is very searchable.
We use the local library a lot - we used to use it more when the children were not at school, as we were able to visit it much more.

I do look for workbooks, but high quality ones that are imaginative and academically sound. I find the range on Pearson's Mumsnet a bit limited.
Will certainly use the free resources and take it from there!

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources?

I would be happy to buy when on Mumsnet, but I would want to be sure that it was the best price.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it?
I have not.

Eirwen Thu 03-May-12 13:33:56

Sorry, I didn't know there was a bookshop. We have always used the Library a lot. The four children have always had new books through the various school bookclubs (usually three or four per year). As they've become older and followed book series, we've tended to use Amazon for birthday and Christmas presents. They all enjoy a rummage in the charity shops and have had some super books for just pennies. The lovely independent book shops in our small town have all closed, leaving just WHS which has a limited selection of children's books. We've also been lucky enough to win several new books in various competitions and giveaways (including some from Mumnset). This is a brilliant bonus. Our middle daughter recently read "Itch" which I won before it was actually released she and absolutely loved it. She told all her friends about it, even though it wasn't yet available in the shops at that time!
As I wasn't aware of the Pearson shop, I can't really comment on it.

mumah Thu 03-May-12 19:46:58

I was unaware there was a Pearson bookshop on Mumsnet. But I would have to say I would most likely continue to buy my son's books through Amazon, purely because of the convenience of the app. We use the library regularly and having the ability to just scan the barcode of a book he loves and it is instantly added to our wish list makes it impossibly easy. We have also used 'The Book People' when buying book collections for our son as they offer great value on book sets/collections.

margia Thu 03-May-12 21:05:06

We use the library a LOT. But for workbooks etc. I usually just pick up what I see wandering around Tesco/WHSmith etc. I think it is really crucial to be able to see the pages of a workbook before buying to check the level against your own child. I personally hadn't looked for resources via mumsnet, but might in the future now that I'm aware of them.

KJ123 Sat 05-May-12 13:10:03

I didn't know there was this website. I love my daughter to read, but through experience are now sometimes wary of buying books she sees and wants in shops and then doesn't read. Soi I favour libraries, charity shops or companies/websites like The Book People which are so much cheaper.

missorinoco Sun 06-May-12 20:25:07

So following this thread I went onto the link, liked the look of the books and orderd a set. Good price, all straightforward. ITwo days later I receive an invoice email stating there is important information about the order on it, and I should download it. The important information is that the order is out of stock and my request has been listed.

I am now grumpily unimpressed. I appreciate the product may go out of stock, but the delay in informing me, and the way Pearsons did inform me has annoyed me.

I'm unlikely to use the link to go back there unless the product comes back in stock in the near future. The invoice has no information about when they expect stock in again, if at all.

TheThingUpstairs Sun 06-May-12 21:54:29

~ Where do you normally buy books from for your child and why do you buy from there? Do you use the library a lot or borrow from elsewhere?
I use the library a lot, work in one so its very convenient to get books for dc after shift has finished. Also get books from second hand shops. Don't really tend to buy books unless it is a really well loved one.

~ Are you looking for resources to buy to help your child? Or does the free service give you all the support you need? No.

~ Is it that you've not found the shop, or if you've gone there is it too difficult to find your way around? Or any other issues with it? I was not aware there was one.

~ Are you not actually interested in buying stuff when you're on Mumsnet - or are we just showing you the 'wrong' resources? Usually not interested in buying stuff when on MN.

~ Have you bought from MN via Pearson - if so how was it? No.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 06-May-12 22:10:12

I normally buy books from amazon.

I do buy resources to help dd with her schoolwork.

Now I spend a lot of time on MN, am he every day and I have never heard of Pearson. I had no idea MN were working with you, that mums netters were reviewing stuff, that there was a shop, etc.

Dunno if you have ads on MN as I don't notice the ads, have tuned them out completely. Sorry. So I guess that makes me not very interested in buying stuff. However I will go and look now as am actually interested.

VivaLeBeaver Sun 06-May-12 22:16:57

Ok, have had a look. Clicked on maths and English which are surely the main areas and it's only Carole vordeman books. Which in my opinion are crap. Bought one once, it was cluttered, didn't explain stuff well and most importantly it wasn't fun. Collins and letts books are much better.

So maybe you need to expand your range?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 08-May-12 10:41:13

Thanks for all the comments - much appreciated - am pleased to say CervixWithASmile's name was pulled out the hat and she wins the £50 JL voucher.

Pinot Tue 08-May-12 12:15:57

Congrats Cervix smile

CervixWithASmile Tue 08-May-12 13:14:27

Thank you! Overdue pregnant woman now very happy! Never normally win anything!

missorinoco Thu 14-Jun-12 21:15:22

I'm back to revoke my opinion. Pearson kindly looked into the delay, and sent me some complimentary reading material, that looks great; currently it's a little too advanced for my three year old to start, but my five year old is not too old for some of it. The learning attachments such as Alphaphonic letters are a hit. I have also just received the book set, when it came back in stock.

The books are interesting and readable, and my five year old was quite excited about some of the titles. I think having books such as Harry And the Dinosaurs and Lego books included is a great idea.

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