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Fort Dorchester Yearbook Store Helps Make Products More Affordable

FDHS yearbook is proud to create great products for our community. We regularly produce award winning yearbooks for our students and their families to enjoy for years.

It is our goal to make these products affordable, and we do many things to help keep the price of the yearbook down. You can read more about that here, but suffice it to say that in 2014 we paid $113 per book published. Many of you paid only $70 for the book and no one paid more than $85 (unless you added features).  That’s because we worked so hard throughout the year to help keep down the price our students have to pay.

Today, we are pleased to announce that we have worked hard to find yet another way to make our product more affordable.

We now offer several payment options.

1) You can pay in full today, saving by taking advantage of any discounts that are currently available.

2) You can pay in 4 easy payments. This will divided the total cost into 4 equal payments. Each payment is made once per month over the next several months.

Option A: Begin your payment today and finish paying over the next three months (4 total payments)

Option B: Order now, begin paying one month from now. Same as Option A, except you don’t begin your payments until one month from the day you place your order.

3) Bill Me Later™: This option will become available during the checkout process. You can choose this option and pay nothing for 6 months or pay the full amount in the next six months with no interest added. (Only available on orders of $99 or more.)

Transactions are handled via PayPal. Customers can use their credit/debit cards or pay via their PayPal accounts.

Ways to Order Your Yearbook

Ordering on our Website

You can purchase your yearbook via our web store.

We opened our store for one reason: to help make the yearbook more affordable.  More than anyone, we know that yearbooks can be an expensive purchase for many of our students. We wanted to help ease that concern.

If you order on our website, you now have options, pay in full or pay in installments:

  • pay it all now
  • pay equal payments over the next 4 months
  • pay nothing now; wait one month before beginning a series of 4 equal payments
  • Bill Me Later™ is also available during the checkout process; it requires a short application and allows option for no payments for 6 months or option to pay over the balance with no interest within 6 months (this option is also available when checking out via Jostens website)

Note: Discounts are only available when you pay in full on checkout. The installment payments are only available for the full, final price of the products we sell; no discounts.

Order Via Jostens Website

The easiest, most error-free way to place your order is via Jostens’ website. In fact, this is the way we would prefer you purchase your book.

Jostens’ website allows you to order direct. Purchasing at Jostens enters your order directly into their system. Purchases made at the Fort require student entry. And while we are very vigilant about this process, no process is perfect.

So, in a sense, this is the safest way to order, as you can be certain your order is in the system exactly how you want it.

There is time to order online up until a couple of weeks before distribution. Once the system is set up at the beginning of each school year, you typically have only until early-mid April to place your order, assuming we don’t sell out earlier. (We have to place our order in February, so there is a limited number available for purchase afterwards. In 2014, we sold out of yearbooks, leaving many who wanted one without a yearbook….so order early!)

Ordering with Jostens saves us the work of entering the information, and you can rest assured knowing your order is correct.

Order During Registration

Every year during registration (fact and fees day), you have the opportunity to purchase your student(s) a yearbook.

All you have to do is tell the person assisting you to mark it on your form. The cost during registration is discounted to the lowest point of the year; after registration, the price begins to rise. At this time, you may pay cash or write a check or use a credit card.

If you complete registration online, there is also an opportunity to order a yearbook at that time.

In Room 109

While we encourage you to purchase online, we will accept payment in room 109 at any time.

We are able to accept credit/debit, cash, or checks on campus. Make checks out to FDHS. Please put your student’s name on the “For” line of the check.

But again, do us all a favor and order your yearbook online.

QR Codes in the Yearbook

We are very excited to announce that we will be including QR codes in the 2011 Patriot yearbook.

First, it is important to understand what these codes are and how they work. QR codes are simple two-dimensional barcodes that can be read by a phone with a camera and a reader application, or a desktop computer with a web camera and the appropriate software. There are a few readers that we recommend. I will put links to those at the end of this article.

By using your phone or web cam to scan a code, new information will be revealed. In our case, the codes are most often being used to add content to our yearbook in the form of videos or slideshows. However, some codes take you to webpages. They can also be used for many other things. We knew about them last year, but were uncertain how to implement them properly in the book.

In doing our research earlier this year, we partnered with a company by the name of Yearbook Unlimited. They have helped us not only understand the pitfalls of adding QR codes to this yearbook, but also helped us recognize the power of using them. Yearbook Unlimited has held our hand through the process, and that is how we were able to implement them in this year’s book.

As to why we chose to implement them, I think that will be evident once the book is in your hands. Imagine, for example, you’re thumbing through the book and you come to the Halloween Hoot page. Wouldn’t it be great not only to see the photos but also to watch the video of the event?

Before, you would have to get out the DVD, find a television with a DVD player, and find the video on the DVD. Now, all you have to do is scan the code on that page. Boom! You’re watching the Halloween Hoot video. It is the perfect complement to the material printed on the page. It brings you right into another dimension that we were never able to provide before.

As a result, we will be phasing out the use of DVDs in the yearbook. This year and next year, we will still produce a DVD, but we will not include one in every book. Anyone who would like a copy is welcome to come pick one up from room 109 after the book is distributed.

As smartphones become more ubiquitous, QR Codes are a technology you will begin to see everywhere. The Fort Dorchester Patriot yearbook staff, with the help of Yearbook Unlimited, is happy to be on the cutting edge of this new technology. We hope you will love it as much as we do.

Here are the readers we recommend:

Phones:

 

  •  i-nimga — probably the most widespread reader worldwide
  • Scanlife — comes pre-installed on many phones
  • Qrafter — a new one that has interesting features

Computers:

QRreader — only computer reader we’ve tried; works well
However, you have to have Adobe AIR installed (free): http://get.adobe.com/air/

Here is a page where Mr. Roller details his yearbook staff’s experience adding QR codes to the school yearbook:

Yearbook QR Codes