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If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for in our frequently asked questions, please contact us.

What books do I find on the site?

There are 500+ titles selected by their publishers for content that could be useful in coursepacks, with more titles being added all the time.  Titles come from our participating publishers.

What about books I want to access that I don’t find on the platform?

Contact us and give us the details (the book’s title, author, publisher)

If the book is published by one of our participating publishers, we’ll ask the publisher to add it to the platform and we will let you know as soon as it is available

If it’s published by another Canadian publisher, we’ll let them know you’re looking for their material and invite them to provide the title you want

Our initial mandate is Canadian-published books in the social sciences and humanities fields, but we hope to expand our scope as we add material from more publishers to the platform

How does our campus bookstore access my coursepack?

After compiling a coursepack, you will receive an email providing you with the unique identifier for your collection. You can provide that identifier to your bookstore, so they can place an order for your coursepack the same way as they order books from publishers.

They send us their purchase order citing the unique identifier for your coursepack, specifying how many copies they wish to purchase.

We fulfill their order with printed copies or with a print PDF file which can be used to produce printed copies or can be sold directly to students in digital format.

How does our campus bookstore sell my coursepack?

Your campus bookstore orders and sells paper format copies ordered from Canadian Coursepacks.


Your campus bookstore produces printed copies from the digital file we supply to them.


Your campus bookstore sends the print PDF file to its usual coursepack printer, to generate printed copies.


Your campus bookstore sells students access to a digital copy that students then access on your campus course management system.

Can you supply my coursepack to an outside bookstore?

If your practice is to use an off-campus bookseller to sell your course materials, you can pass along information about your coursepack to that bookstore. They can order your coursepack in print format, perfect bound, from us. Our price to them will include the content cost plus the cost of printing and binding. We will print and ship these copies to them for resale to your students.

What does this service cost me?

Course instructors can register and then make unlimited use of our platform – for free!

What does this service cost my students?

Chapters are priced by their publishers – the average is 10 cents per page, and some content is available free of charge. The cost to your bookstore for the content of a 250 page coursepack is about $25 a copy, plus the cost of printing and binding which is 3-4 cents per page. Your bookstore sets its final selling price to students.

Can I add other material to my coursepack?

We can supply your Canadian Coursepacks digital file to your campus bookstore or authorized coursepack printer. The campus store or coursepack printer can combine the Canadian Coursepacks digital file with other digital documents you provide.

How quickly can you fill my order?

Once we receive a completed purchase order with the necessary information from your bookstore or coursepack producer to process your order, we will supply the digital PDF version within two business days. If the order is for printed copies, your order will be shipped in 10-20 business days.

Why should students pay for chapters in coursepacks?

Canadian Coursepacks offers a pay-for-use approach for access to books.

Revenues earned by publishers and authors from chapter 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.




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