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TEXTBOOK AND COURSE BOOK POLICY

 

Desk Copies

Desk copies are complimentary books sent to professors who have already adopted the book for a course. To request a desk copy, professors can send an e-mail to our customer service vendor, the Chicago Distribution Center (CDC), at orders@press.uchicago.edu. The request should specify the name and address to which the books should be sent, e-mail, phone number, title of the course, expected enrollment, semester or quarter in which the course will be offered, course level (undergraduate or graduate), the name(s) of the bookstore(s) where the course books will be sold, how many books were ordered, and if possible the purchase order number.

To receive a free desk copy:

  1. An order of a minimum of ten new copies of the book must be placed, AND
  2. The qualifying order from your bookstore must by confirmed by our customer service staff at CDC.

Both of these criteria must be met before a desk copy can be shipped to you.

Sometimes bookstores wait until it is closer to the beginning of the term to place orders with our distributor. So even though you may have placed your order with your bookstore, your bookstore may not have placed the order with CDC yet. If you would like a desk copy before your bookstore places the order so that you can make course plans, we recommend that you consider ordering an examination copy (see below).

In some cases, bookstores may order only a few new copies of the book and fill the rest of the order with used copies. In that case we are not able to provide you with a desk copy. It is UW Press policy that a minimum of ten new copies be purchased from CDC.

 

Examination copies for course use

Examination copies are sent to teaching faculty who would like to review a book before deciding whether to use it in a course. To request an exam copy, send an e-mail, fax, or letter to the Chicago Distribution Center. The request should specify the name and address to which the books should be sent, e-mail, phone number, title of the course, expected enrollment, semester or quarter in which the course will be offered, course level (undergraduate or graduate), and the name(s) of the bookstore(s) where the course books will be sold.

You will be billed at a 50% academic discount plus shipping charges, payable in 90 days. You will then have 90 days to:

Option 1. Keep the book as a free desk copy if an order of at least 10 new copies of the book has been confirmed by our distributor, CDC.
Option 2. Return the book for full credit.
Option 3. Purchase the book at the 50% discount for your own use.

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Please direct your order to us using one of the following methods:

E-mail
orders@press.uchicago.edu

Phone
Call 800-621-2736 or 773-702-7000 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday. (These numbers are in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States.)

Fax
Fax your request to 800-621-8476 (toll-free in the United States) or 773-702-7212 (international faxes or local Chicago faxes).

Mail
Exam copies/Customer Service Department, Chicago Distribution Center, 11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628 U.S.A.

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Many course-adopted books available as electronic downloads

In the UW Press’s efforts to stay green, reduce expenses, and maintain scholarly accessibility, we are pleased to announce that many of our most course-adopted books are available as electronic downloads in the following formats:

  • Adobe Digital Edition
  • PDF Reader
  • PalmDoc
  • Microsoft Reader
  • Mobipocket (Kindle-friendly)

 

Please visit: bibliovault.org/BV.about_ebooks.epl for up-to-date file format and compatibility information.

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