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Exam & Desk Copies

Examination Copies (Print):


Most Hackett titles are available to instructors as examination copies (i.e., for consideration for course adoption).  Such titles will have both an examination copy format and a modest examination copy price listed on the title's webpage. To purchase an examination copy on our website, select the examination copy format when adding the title to your shopping cart, and enter the required course information on the shopping cart screen before proceeding to checkout. We request that orders for examination copies not exceed six titles per course.  No more than one copy of a title may be ordered at the examination copy price. Examination copies will be sent only to a departmental address at a college, university, or high school.  If you will not be considering a title for course use, please order at list price. Please do not sell examination copies, as doing so makes it difficult for us to keep prices low.


Credit card orders for examination copies may also be placed by phone: please call (317) 635-9250. For questions about examination copies or recent orders please email,, or call (317) 635-9250.



Desk Copies (Print):


Free desk copies will be provided of any Hackett book adopted as a required text when ten or more new copies are ordered from the publisher, on condition that the instructor has not previously received a copy. We will provide one additional desk copy for every thirty additional new copies ordered. If requesting more than one desk copy of an adopted text, please provide us with the names of instructors and/or teaching assistants to whom the books will be distributed. Desk copies are paperback editions, unless the book is published only in cloth. If you prefer a cloth desk copy, we can provide one at half the list price of the cloth edition. When requesting desk copies please indicate the course for which it will be used, enrollment, and starting date. Please also provide your department's street address to facilitate shipping. Desk copies will be sent only to a departmental address at a college or university.


•  To order desk copies using our online form, click here.


•  To order desk copies by fax or mail, click here to download a printable PDF order form.


•  To request an instructor's manual or answer key for a book that you've adopted click here to go to the instructor's manual request form. Not all titles have instructor's materials, please see the title page on the Hackett website for the book that you've adopted for a list of available instructor's materials for that title.


For further questions regarding desk copies or instructor's materials please contact the Hackett Publishing Company, Inc. faculty service department at, or call (317) 635-9250.



Hackett eBook desk and examination copies:


If you are a course instructor and would like to preview a Hackett text in eBook format for possible course adoption, or have already adopted a Hackett text and would like a desk copy in eBook format, we welcome you to request an eExam copy via one of the three options listed below. Pease email if you have any questions about Hackett eBooks or eBook exam copies.


1) Hackett Digital Comps:

Hackett Digital Comps is a free service available to qualified course instructors that offers eBook examination copies of most Hackett titles. To create a Hackett Digital Comps account and request Hackett eBook examination copies please visit Requests are generally processed within one buisness day. Digital Comps eBook files may be read online via the eb20 browser eReader and downloaded in PDF (and flowing-text ePub format when available) for offline reading using compatible software and devices. A full list of compatible devices is available in the download instructions on the Digital Comps website. Please note that the Digital Comps files have the Adobe DRM applied, restricting their use with some software/apps. The files may not be shared.


2) VitalSource Instructor Sampling:

VitalSource, one of Hackett's eBook trading partners, offers qualified instructors free eBook samples of Hackett titles available for sale on the VitalSource platform. For more information about VitalSource instructor sampling please visit


3) RedShelf eBook samples for Instructors:

Hackett offers qualified instructors free Hackett RedShelf ebooks for use with the RedShelf browser reader. RedShelf is a Hackett eBook trading partner specializing in selling eBooks and course materials to schools and students. If you would like to request a coupon code, redeemable on the RedShelf website for one eBook examination copy of a Hackett title, please complete the form below. 

Requests are processed within one business day. You will receive an auto-genered email to the email address provided with a link to access your free RedShelf ebook once approved. Please email if you have any questions about, or difficulty accessing, your free RedShelf ebook.

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