State Government of São Paulo Buys 12 million Books at Steep Discount

The federal government is not the only institution that buys books in large quantities in Brazil. On Tuesday, August 14, the state government of São Paulo announced the purchase of over 12 million books for a trio of education programs. The largest one, called “Knowledge Support Program,” which distributes the books directly to public school students, accounted for nearly 11.3 million copies and 42 different titles. Four publishers sold over a million books to this particular program: Abril Educação, Record, Global and Santillana. The next step is to negotiate prices with publishers. According to editors that participated in the program last year, the state education department required a 85% discount rate on book prices in 2011.

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