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Order a Custom Course Book

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Order a Custom Course Book

If you have a list of chapters, articles or readings, we can combine them into a custom course book to be added to your students’ personal book lists—either in a physical or digital format. You can submit print or digital articles, along with a table of contents and bibliography. We will make sure the book is organized in order, and on time for term start.

Follow the instructions below at least two weeks before the start of the term to create your custom course book.

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Processing Time

A minimum of 10 processing days are needed when ordering a custom course book. Full bibliographic information and materials is required at the time the order is placed. If staff need to retrieve this material, edit or revise the material submitted or create a PDF, please remember this will take longer to process.

If your Custom Course Book includes material that needs to be cleared through copyright, please note that permissions may take as long as 6–8 weeks, or may not be possible to obtain.

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Digital Version

The digital book’s files are hosted on the Book Store’s partner, Campus eBookstore, for download. Once purchased and downloaded, the e-reader program must be registered to the same email address as the one used to purchase/download the book file; this means the file cannot be transferred to anyone else.

The text in the digital version can be highlighted, copy/pasted and notes can be made in the file. The digital book cannot be printed due to copyright restrictions. We are currently exploring options for enhanced formatting capabilities—such as links.

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Desk Copies & Proof

The number of desk copies must be requested at the time the order is placed. The number of desk copies for each course will be at the discretion of the Custom Course Book office. Once a custom course book is completed, a proof will be provided prior to printing to verify for accuracy. It is the responsibility of the instructor to review for accuracy and approve the proof. Additional costs of revising the custom course book after the proof has been approved may be the responsibility of the instructor or department.

Desk copies will be sent in digital formats, in order to keep the price of materials as low as possible for students.

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Western University and the Custom Course Book office comply with the Canadian Copyright Act which protects both creators/owners and users of copyrighted material.

For further information, please see Copyright @ Western

If you have questions about copyright, please email

Three Steps to Submit Your Order

  1. Collect all resources you’d like to include in your custom course book. Include full bibliographic information and a table of contents
  2. Submit PDF to or drop off your hardcopies to The Book Store, UCC Room 7.
  3. Submit the Custom Course Book order form below to complete your request

Order Form

Order Form

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