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Examination Copies

Instructors may request examination copies of books they wish to consider for course adoption. Up to three ebooks are available simultaneously for this purpose at no cost for a trial period of 60 days. Visit our digital exam copy portal to see whether the title that interests you is available in ebook form (we add daily to our digital offerings, so check there even if an ebook version isn't listed on the book's main webpage).

In the event that ebook versions are unavailable, complimentary copies of up to three titles may be requested in print form for a nonrefundable shipping and handling charge. These books need not be returned, nor will instructors be billed for them. Paperbacks are available for examination at a cost of $5.00 a volume. Hardcovers that retail for less than $50.00 may be requested for $10.00 each (we regret that we are unable to offer examination copies of volumes that retail for more than $50.00). Please note, however, that the Press reserves the right to limit the availability of exam copies in print, and we ask that those who receive such copies from us refrain from reselling them, scanning them, or redistributing them to others in any form. Please do not request a physical exam copy unless the title is unavailable in digital format.

Here's how to request printed books for examination should ebooks be unavailable:

1. Write your request on departmental letterhead; the address on your letterhead will be your shipping address unless you instruct otherwise. Include the following information:

Your name
Email address
Name of your course
Estimated enrollment
Name of your campus bookstore

2. Limit your request to three volumes in total.

3. Calculate the nonrefundable shipping and handling charge:

For paperbacks: $5.00 per volume
For hardcovers under $50, retail price: $10.00 per volume

4. Include payment for the shipping and handling charge with your request. To pay by credit card, please include the following information with your request:

Card type (all major credit cards accepted)
Name on card
Card number
Expiration date
Card security code
(The card security code is located on the back of MasterCard, Visa, and Discover credit or debit cards and is typically a separate group of three digits to the right of the signature strip. On American Express cards, the four-digit code is printed above the card number on the front.)

Within the United States and in South America, please direct print exam copy requests to:

Exam Copies
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-4112
Phone: (215) 898 6261

For requests within Canada:

Please visit the Ingram Academic Services website at to request a copy online.

For requests outside North and South America, contact:

Combined Academic Publishers Ltd.
Windsor House
Cornwall Road
Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG1 2PW
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1423 526350

Desk Copies

The Press is happy to provide desk copies of books adopted for courses with enrollments of 10 or more students. Please send desk copy requests to or, by regular mail, to:

Desk Copies
University of Pennsylvania Press
3905 Spruce Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-4112

Requests, which should be made using an institutional email address or on departmental letterhead, must note course title, class enrollment, and bookstore name. Please email for more information.

Review Copies

Send review copy requests via email to Gigi Lamm at Please note your first and last names, full mailing address, telephone number, and the title of the publication on behalf of which you make the review request.

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