Students may purchase Prospect Press texts directly in either electronic or print format online. To purchase a book, students should go to the Prospect Press webpage for that book where they will find links to purchase the book from our online retailers. These pages are accessible from the TITLES pull down menu, which is accessible from our home page or from any other page on our website including this one. Students can then scroll down to the ordering information section. Alternatively, students can go directly to one of the online retailers listed below, search for the title, and order there. RedShelf and VitalSource both provide eTextbooks.

RedShelf also provides paperback copies of all titles. They use a relatively new technology called print-on-demand. This helps save money by not maintaining large inventories. Prospect Press passes these savings on to students with generally lower textbook prices than other major publishing companies. On the downside, Prospect Press paperbacks purchased direct-to-student are NOT RETURNABLE, unless the book has a significant defect.


Students may wonder whether they should order their eTextbook from RedShelf or VitalSource. These are both popular and respected eTextbook providers. Both retailers provide access to the same version of the entire text. So, your decision will not affect your ability to access the materials you need for your class. These eTextbook providers differ somewhat in their delivery mechanism. The following table summarizes some of the key differences:

 RedShelf eTextbookVital Source eTextbook
Online or download?Online onlyOnline AND Download
Duration?Permanent online access365 day access for online,
perpetual download
Returnable?Yes, within 14 days from purchaseNo.
Where can I buy this online?Go to and search by author name.Go to and search by author name.
Can I buy this in the campus bookstore?Yes, at selected college and university bookstores. Check if your bookstore sells RedShelf ebooks. No, not available through campus bookstores.