Publishing Formats

We are committed to the principle that our books should be available in whatever format our readers prefer. Most University of Massachusetts Press titles are offered in paperback editions, and many are now also available in digital editions.

Hardbound editions
If no paperback edition is available, then the hardbound edition is jacketed. But if a paperback edition is published simultaneously, then the hardbound edition is intended strictly for libraries and is unjacketed with the cover design printed on the binding.

Paperback editions
Some titles are released as “paperback originals” with no hardbound edition, some are released in paperback after initial publication in hardback, and some are released simultaneously in paperback and hardback editions. The paperbacks are printed either on traditional offset presses or using new digital technology. In either case, we make sure that high production values are maintained. We also invite our authors to be involved in the process of selecting cover art.

Digital editions (e-books)
Individuals: In partnership with Google, we have made more than 800 titles available for purchase by individuals in digital editions. These e-books are priced at least 20% lower than the paperback and hardcover editions. They can be purchased through the Google eBookstore or through the IndieBound website of independent booksellers: Selected titles are also available in e-book editions from Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore, Barnes & Noble Nook, Kobo, and other e-book retailers.

Libraries: UMass Press titles are available to libraries in e-book collections created by the University Press Content Consortium (UPCC). Using the Project MUSE platform developed by Johns Hopkins University Press, and bringing together the content of more than 90 university presses, UPCC’s e-book collections include both frontlist and backlist offerings, with the book content fully integrated for searching and browsing with MUSE’s scholarly journal content. Libraries purchasing the e-book collections have perpetual access rights, with unlimited simultaneous usage, downloading, and printing of chapter-level PDFs.

We also have continuing partnerships with ebrary, EBSCO (formerly netLibrary), and MyiLibrary, all of which supply e-books to libraries.