How to Order Online


Most current titles are available as e-books, and you have the option of buying them or renting them at a reduced price for a fixed period of time. Our ebooks can be read on a number of devices, including Nook, Kobo and Sony ereaders as well as tablets. For iOS and Android we suggest you try Bluefire Reader or Txtr (both are also compatible with Windows). Note: If you are using one of these apps on your tablet or desktop you will need to set up and activate an Adobe ID.

Our files are not compatible with Kindle. However, our books can also be purchased through Amazon and e-books acquired through Amazon will be compatible with Kindle

What can I do with my e-book?

  • You can read and annotate the contents of the e-book on six unique devices via a single ID.
  • You can print a limited number of pages from the book. (Note: Some customers have reported printing errors which may be due to low memory capacity of their device.)
  • You can copy and paste text from the e-book. (Note: Due to how some of our e-book files are derived, copying and pasting can sometimes result in misspellings or formatting errors and may require proofreading.)
  • Buying the permanent version of an e-book gives you perpetual license to use any of the aforementioned features indefinitely. Rented versions have limited licenses that offer the same options but only for the duration of the rental period.

Are Stanford e-books available elsewhere?

Yes. We are continually making books available on Amazon Kindle, the iBookstore, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Google Play, various aggregators to which colleges and universities subscribe, and other partners. Our goal is to make as much of our content available digitally as possible. This process is ongoing.

Shipping Costs for Printed Books

Large format books will incur more shipping than our estimate, as will books shipped via ground freight to foreign countries. The standard ground cost is $5.00 for the first book domestic, with an additional $1.00 for each additional book. For each book to be shipped by air or to a foreign destination, the shipping fee is $9.50, with an additional $5.00 for each additional book.

Find the book you wish to purchase

Use the search box in the upper right corner of the screen, or the 'Books' link in the upper left to browse.

Each book page on the web site has a link such as this one:

Buy This Book


Click on this link to see what formats are available to add to your shopping cart. You will see a list:

Our shopping cart is managed by our distributor, University of Chicago Press. You may notice that the URL for the shopping cart begins with, rather than This is normal.

Next Steps

Fill in quantities and click "Add to Cart". If you are ready to purchase, then follow the instructions on the shopping cart screen to continue your order. You will need to provide an email address, shipping and billing address, and a valid Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card.

Your items will only remain in your shopping cart during your current browsing session. They will need to be added again if you restart your browser or move to a different browser.

After all of your payment information has been entered, you will need to review and confirm your order. An automatic confirmation email will be sent to the address you provide.