We provide inspection copies (sometimes referred to as exam or examination copies, review copies, and evaluation copies) to educators so they can evaluate whether they’d like to adopt a book in one of their courses. Most of our inspection copies are provided as VitalSource eBooks Popup information for VitalSourceWhat are VitalSource eBooks? so that we can deliver them to instructors as quickly and sustainably as possible.
Print desk copies are available to educators who adopt one of our books as required course material.
It's Easy To Do!
- Search and find a book that you may be interested in adopting for your course.
- Click "Request Inspection Copy" on the book page.
- Complete and submit the inspection copy request form.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who qualifies for an inspection copy?
Inspection copies are available for teaching faculty and staff who are considering a book for adoption in one of their courses.
Will I receive a print book?
We offer most of our inspection copies in e-book format. This helps us get copies out as quickly as possible, and to keep our carbon footprint in check while doing so. In cases where an e-book version is not available, we will provide a print copy for inspection.
If you are unable to use e-books, please contact us for assistance.
How long will it take to receive the book?
In most cases, once you submit your inspection copy request, you will receive an email with instructions for accessing your e-book. Make sure to check your spam folder if you don’t get an email within a few minutes of submitting the form. If this is your first time requesting an inspection copy from us, delivery may take a little longer.
In the case of print requests, expect delivery to take about 7-10 business days.
Please reach out to us directly if you have any questions about the status of your inspection copy request.
What is an instructor profile?
An instructor profile is not a necessary step in requesting an inspection copy, but creating one will save you time and make the request process even quicker and easier. An instructor profile allows you to set up and save course details, and then pre-populate the form with saved values for your next request.
What is a desk copy?
We are happy to provide print desk copies of our books to instructors who confirm that they will adopt the book as required course material. You can request a desk copy through our website, or contact Customer Service for assistance.
Why don't I see a "Request Inspection Copy" link?
While most of our books are available to request, some of our books are less well-suited for course use than others. Because these books are geared more toward research and reference, we generally limit their availability for inspection; however, if you’ve found the perfect book for your teaching but can’t make a request through our website, please reach out to us directly for assistance.