Common Reading FAQ

About Common ReadingCatalog & Themes

How do I get more information on PUP’s Common Reading program?

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

How can I request a sample copy?

To receive a print sample copy, send an email noting the title you are interested in and your committee’s approximate decision date along with your name, school, and shipping address. Certain review requests, such as those stemming from a virtual conference, might be fulfilled digitally.

Where can I find supplementary course materials?

Free sample course materials tailored to the needs of a first-year seminar are available for many of our Common Reading titles. To find these materials, look under the Resources tab on each book’s webpage (as in How to Think like Shakespeare.)

Where can I learn about pricing or how to place an order?

PUP offers a generous discount on bulk orders for common reading programs. For pricing on a specific title, or to place a bulk order, you or your bookstore representative may contact, who will facilitate the order with our distributor, Ingram Publisher Services.

How can I provide print copies to a virtual learning cohort?

To accommodate virtual scenarios, PUP has devised innovative strategies for shipping bulk-purchase print books directly to students. Please send us an email for more details on this option.

How can I arrange an author visit to my campus?

Many of our authors are available for live or virtual campus visits or workshops; send an email to request further information for your specific event. For those authors represented by our PUP Speaks program, additional information is available here.

Can Princeton print a customized edition?

PUP offers customization options such as adding your school logo to the book cover or binding in a letter from a dean to your first-year class. Quotes are available upon request. All customized editions are non-returnable, and the lead time for printing is 6-8 weeks or longer. Minimum order quantities apply for all customized editions.

Are ebooks available?

All PUP titles are available in ebook format, and many are available as audiobooks. Please check our catalog for ebook and audiobook ISBNs.