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Frequently Asked Questions                                  

Will I have to sign a contract?

Before we print your customised text, we require written confirmation that you are to use the text in your forthcoming course, and that’s it!

Will it cost more than a standard text?

It very much depends on what your text is made up of, whether you include colour, and how much additional work is done – e.g. repagination and re-indexing. We will discuss all options available to you before confirming the price.

Will the text be in colour?

We can produce full colour, two colour and black/white printing. Comparative prices can be given if requested. Custom eBooks will always be produced in the original colour scheme of the source texts.

Can the text still have an index and page numbers?

Yes. You can choose to have the text fully repaginated and with an index. It’s up to you!

What can I put in my custom book?

As well as chapters selected from Cengage Learning texts, you can include content from one of our databases, such as Harvard Business school cases. You can also include your own materials – e.g. lecture notes, workshop or tutorial materials, academic calendar, reading lists, campus map and course syllabus.

Can I use content from more than one book?

Yes, you can use content from any Cengage text, and combine material from as many texts as you like.

Is there a limit to how many books I can use content from?


Can I use my own material, and is there a limit to how much of my own material I can use?

You can use your own material, with no limits assuming you are responsible for the copyright.

Are there any restrictions on the number of copies I must order?

The minimum number of students for a custom text is 50. For eBooks we can look at smaller class sizes on a case-by-case basis.

Can I use part of a chapter?

Yes. Please note that if part of a page is used, the material cannot be reflowed, so a blank space will be inserted.

How long does it take to create a custom book?

Once you have decided what you want your text to consist of, we can usually have printed copies in 6-8 weeks. eBooks will take much less time. Your Cengage Representative will be able to advise further on the delivery schedule once the details of the custom text have been agreed.

How will my students purchase their custom book?

For printed custom textbooks, students will be able to purchase the book from your local bookshop. Direct sales to the institution can also be discussed with your Cengage Representative. For digital custom solutions, custom ebooks can be made available for the students to buy on CengageBrain. Alternatively, access cards can be produced and sold in the bookshop or bundled with another text. For direct sales, custom eBooks can be delivered to a VLE such as Blackboard/ Moodle, or delivered as a list of codes for distribution to the students.

Can I choose my own cover?

Yes. You have the option to choose from our gallery of covers, or create your own unique cover specifically for your course and institution. Please see the pages on Creating your own Custom Solution and the Cover Gallery for further details.

What is the process for creating a customised book?

Firstly, you need to decide what content you require and in what order. Your Cengage representative will be able to help you with this process. Once we have agreed upon a print run/delivery method, we will provide you with a no-obligation quote. If you’re happy, we will ask you to decide upon the artwork for the cover. Many lecturers include their university/department logo on the cover along with their names and course information. We will then build your text and advise you of the delivery schedule. This process usually takes 6-8 weeks.

Please contact the Custom Solutions team, Sarah-Jane Platt & Annabel Smith: emea.custom@cengage.com / +44 (0)1264 343099 with any further questions. We look forward to working with you on your customised course solution!