Book Ordering Information

All prices and dates are subject to change without notice. Orders will be invoiced at prices prevailing when received. All payments must be U.S. funds only.


All U.S., Canada, and International order fulfillment is handled by the Chicago Distribution Center.
To order from our site, use the Shopping Cart. CDC accepts: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover.
To order via mail, email, telephone or fax contact:
The Chicago Distribution Center
11030 S. Langley,  Ave.Chicago, IL 60628

TEL: (800) 621-2736 (US); (773) 702-7000 (International)
FAX: (800) 621-8476 (US); (773) 702-7212 (International)

For information on ordering books for those who have disabilities that prevent them from using books in printed form, please visit BiblioVault.


CDC shipments are FOB, Chicago, IL. CDC’s preferred domestic carriers are FedEx and UPS. All domestic shipments weighing less than 1.5 pounds will be sent by USPS priority mail unless otherwise requested.
For individual orders, shipping charges are:

  • DOMESTIC shipping via USPS Priority Mail is $6.00 for the first book + $1.25 for each additional book.
  • FOREIGN shipping via USPS deferred air is $9.50 for the first book + $6.00 for each additional book. Shipping takes approximately 3 to 5 weeks.

Orders from bookstores, libraries, etc. are shipped via established preferences and are charged actual postage. Other shipping arrangements are available upon request.

International Ordering

Overseas shipments are by surface or international airmail, as designated by the customer.


MSU Press books may be returned for full credit within 24 months. Titles that are out of print may be returned for 6 months after the OP date.
Send returns to:
Returns Department, Michigan State University Press, C/O Chicago Distribution Center (CDC),
11030 S. Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628

All books returned to CDC must be in saleable condition. CDC will return to the customer shelf-worn and stickered books, along with a charge for return postage.

Desk & Exam Copies

To request an examination or desk copy, please contact the Chicago Distribution Center. Customer pays shipping in either case.

For Desk Copies

Complimentary desk copies are issued to faculty members when a title has been adopted for classroom use. In order to receive your desk copy, your written request must be submitted on school letterhead. In addition, please provide course I.D., projected enrollment (at least 10 students required), and the name of the bookstore to which you placed your textbook order. Once this information is received your desk copy request will be processed.

For Examination Copies

Examination copies are issued to faculty members wanting to review a title for possible course adoption. Exam copies are invoiced at a discounted rate of 20%, with 90 days to review the title. The invoice will be cancelled if you adopt the title for your class, inform our distribution center about the bookstore with which you placed MSU Press Website Content – by Page your textbook order, and the number of copies ordered. If you decide not to adopt the text, it must be returned in saleable condition or you may keep the book and pay the invoice in full.

Return exam copies to:
Returns Department
Chicago Distribution Center
11030 South Langley Ave., Chicago, IL 60628

Book Permissions

MSU Press may not be the copyright holder of the extract or the work you wish to use, even if the book was originally published by us (as with anthologies and illustrations, diagrams, or graphics. In these cases please check the Acknowledgment page or the title page verso before contacting us).

For general reprint use—print and electronic

Contact Copyright Clearance Center

For Essay Collections

Rights of the Author: You have the following, nonexclusive rights: (1) to use the Essay in your own teaching activities; (2) to include the Essay in your personal or departmental database or non-commercial online site; or to include the Essay, twelve (12) months after publication of the book, in a non-commercial data repository maintained by an institution with which you are officially affiliated. For all such cases please credit the original publication as follows: “Originally published in [TITLE], Copyright @ [YEAR] by Michigan State University Press.” For all other uses, please contact Copyright Clearance Center for permission.

For Translation Rights and all other permissions, please contact Catherine Cocks.