How to Buy

How to Buy in the United States

  • The best and easiest way for individuals to purchase our books is through our website, but can also can also call or email customer service at our distributor, the Chicago Distribution Center at 1-800-621-2736 to order.
  • Schools, libraries, institutions, vendors and retail outlets looking to purchase multiple copies should call our customer service line at 1-800-621-2736 for discount schedule information.
  • You may fax your order to 1-800-621-8476

If you purchase books through Amazon, please consider designating the University Press of Colorado as your preferred nonprofit via AmazonSmile, which means that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the University Press of Colorado.

Purchase by Mail-In Request

You may also purchase our books by mail in request. Please send the name of the book, ISBN, retail price, shipping address, additional contact information, and a check for the full cost, including the retail price of the book/books, shipping ($7.00 for the first and $2.00 for each additional book) as well as a handling fee of $3.00, made out to the Chicago Distribution Center to:

Chicago Distribution Center
Customer Service
11030 South Langley
Chicago, IL 60628

How to Buy in Canada

University of British Columbia Press is our Canadian distributor. Individuals, schools, libraries, institutions and vendors in Canada can direct all order or customer service inquiries to:

UBC, c/o UTP Distribution
5201 Dufferin Street
Toronto, ON M3H 5T8
p: 1 (800) 565 9523 or (416) 667 7791
e: utpbooks[at]

How to Buy Internationally

IPS UK is our international distributor (excluding Canada). Individuals, schools, libraries, institutions and vendors can direct all order or customer service inquiries to:

10 Thornbury Road
Plymouth, PL6 7PP
United Kingdom
p: +44 (0) 1752 202301

How to Buy an Out-of-Print Book

If you can't find a University Press of Colorado book on this website, the book may have gone out of print. You can order many of our out-of-print books from Books on Demand, a reprinting service. If you can't find the book there, try searching for it at online booksellers that stock out-of-print books, such as Alibris, or ask the staff at your favorite brick-and-mortar used bookstore to help you locate a copy.

Return Policies*

  1. All overstock books returned must be in A-1 condition and in print at the time of return.
  2. All shipments must be prepaid.
  3. All books may be returned for credit at 100% of the purchase price if copies of the invoices or invoice numbers and dates are provided.
  4. Customers may return damaged or defective books at any time. Paperwork inside the shipment must identify the books as damaged or defective. Two way transportation will be credited.

All domestic returns should be addressed to:

Chicago Distribution Center
Returns Processing Center
11030 South Langley
Chicago, IL 60628

*International returns must go through the appropriate international distributor, contact details above.

Exam and Desk Copy Requests

To make a request, please submit this form.

Instructors who wish to consider books for course adoption may request examination copies; instructors who have formally adopted books for courses may request desk copies. Books available only in hardcover will be sent in electronic form until/unless they are formally adopted. Paperback editions, when available, will be sent at no charge. Limit 3 per course per semester. Please send any questions to

Request for Electronic Text

To request an electronic text for a student with a verified disability please print this form. For more information, please visit


Textbooks typically remain in print for several years before new editions appear. In some cases in which frequent updates are required to keep a book current, the the press publishes annual supplements, which are available separately at a low cost, keeping the original edition useful and up to date for many years. The University Press of Colorado cannot predict the lifetime of a single edition, save to say that most books that appear in revised and updated editions do so after several years in print. While books sometimes include supplementary materials such as audio or data CDs, none are considered "bundled." Any supplementary materials are considered part of a book's production and pricing and the book is considered by the authors to be incomplete without such supplementary materials.

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