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FAQ

What information do I need to provide to order my selection?

At checkout, you will be asked for details about your course and expected enrolment. This information will be presented on the cover page of the PDF document we generate from your selection. Please be sure to add our email address ([email protected]) to your contact list so any email from us does not disappear into your junk folder.


How many chapters can I select?

Please note that collections cannot contain more than 50% of a given text. If you would like to use an entire book for your course, please contact the publisher directly.


Can I order material for research purposes?

No. Should you wish to use any materials you find on our site for research, please follow the link provided to the item listing on the publisher’s website.


If my institution wants to purchase readings from this site, how does that work?


Select your readings on the site using the shopping cart function. After you select your course readings, you will receive an email from us with the unique identifier for your collection. You can provide that identifier to your bookstore or library copyright officer so they can place an order for your course readings. They can order direct from us. We will send them the file directly to upload to your LMS. You can also have them order a print version of your collection.

If your selection is a standalone collection, your bookstore has the option of ordering copies from their usual coursepack supplier, or ordering a paperback printed volume of your selection directly from us. We will fulfill the order with printed copies.


I selected chapters for a coursepack during your free digital material offer, what are the restrictions on these files?

The PDF you received is for use in the course you specify, for the academic year 2020–21. The copyright licence for use of this material expires on 30 April 2021. If you wish to order the material for a future course, you can do so at any time on our website.


What does this service cost?

Course readings you select on this site are priced by their publishers – the average is 10 cents per page, and some content is available free of charge. If your bookstore orders a paperback volume of your selection from us, the cost to your bookstore of a 250 page course reading selection will be 10 cents a page for content plus 3 to 4 cents per page for printing and binding, a total of about $35 for a 200-page selection. Your bookstore sets its final selling price to students.


Why should students pay for course readings?

Canadian CourseReadings offers a pay-for-use approach for access to individual chapters of published books, at reasonable student-friendly prices.

Revenues earned by publishers and authors from sales supplement revenues received from sales of full print and digital copies of these books.

Adequate revenues from the sale of Canadian scholarly and academic titles are vital to the ongoing publishing of new material in the humanities and social sciences.

The pay-for-use approach is transparent to users, and our micro pricing is in contrast to the pricing practices of some publishing multinationals.

If you have any further questions or require any assistance, please visit our Contact page.


Can I split up the PDF into separate chapters?

If you do not wish for your chapters to be combined, de-select the “Collate My Files” option at checkout. We will deliver each chapter as an individual PDF.


How quickly can you fill my order?

Once we receive a completed purchase order from your campus bookstore or course reading producer, we will supply the PDF version within two business days. If the order is for printed copies, your order will be shipped in 10 to 20 business days.


How can I make my course readings available to my students online?

We can supply your bookstore or your campus copyright office with your readings in PDF format. Your PDF will be specific to your course and the semester it is ordered for. The cost to your institution will be the unit cost of your collection multiplied by the forecast number of students in your course. The PDF file will be for use by those students in that course only. Your institution’s learning management system can ingest and supply to your students the digital file for your course.


Can I add other material to my course readings?

We can supply your Canadian CourseReadings digital file to your campus bookstore or authorized course reading printer. The campus store or course readings printer can combine the Canadian CourseReadings digital file with other digital documents you provide.


Will students need to pay to access the files?

No. Our digital files are for you to distribute to your students, free. There is no code required to open the files.


Can I order a printed copy?

We can supply you with printed copies of your PDF. The cost per copy will reflect only the printing, binding and shipping costs involved in producing these print versions. Contact us at [email protected] for details and pricing. We can also supply the file to your copyright office or campus bookstore for printing.


How does our campus bookstore sell print copies of my course readings?

Here are some options:

  • The campus bookstore orders and sells paperback printed copies supplied to them by us. We charge the per-page royalty (on average, 10 cents) multiplied by the number of copies printed, plus the cost of printing and shipping, essentially the same arrangement the bookstore has when it normally purchases books.
  • The campus bookstore produces printed copies from digital files of your selection that we supply to them. We charge the per-page royalties multiplied by the number of copies the bookstore agrees to have printed.
  • The campus bookstore orders a coursepack containing your selection, then sends the PDF we provide to its usual coursepack supplier who generates printed copies, possibly along with material from other sources. We charge the per-page royalties, based on the number of pages we supply, multiplied by the number of copies the bookstore agrees to have printed.

Can I request a title I don’t see on your site?

Participating Canadian publishers have selected titles to add to our collection, and we are constantly adding new titles – both recently released, and older titles. We are also recruiting additional independent Canadian publishers to participate in this project. If there is a book you would like to be able to access on our platform, please contact us at [email protected]


I have a question which is not answered here. How can I reach you?

We can be reached at [email protected], or by phone at (902) 209-5179. Our office hours are Monday to Friday 8–4 EST. Our office is remaining open during the Covid-19 period.

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This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.