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Palgrave Macmillan

Custom publications

Are you having trouble finding a textbook suited to your course? Would you find it useful to customise your textbook to fit your course more closely? Palgrave Macmillan Higher Education offers instructors the opportunity to create tailor-made course texts.

...an invaluable tool for an academic, and a much-appreciated one-stop resource for university students. The quality of the books is impeccable, and the process is smooth and stress free. I highly recommend this service.” - Panagiotis Piperopoulos, Newcastle University Business School, UK

How does it work?

You can either:

Create your own text by selecting any combination of chapters or articles from different Palgrave Macmillan books or journals. If you wish, you can include some of your own material.


Take the content of an existing textbook and add your department or institution’s name or logo to the cover along with additional material of your own. A popular text for this type of customisation is the Palgrave Student Planner.

You can chose whether you want your customised text in print or ebook format. Print copies of customised texts can be supplied direct or via your campus bookshop. Customised e-textbooks can be made available via the Coursesmart platform. All custom publications feature a bespoke cover, contents page and index, and are typeset and repaginated to ensure consistency.

What do I do next?

Contact your local campus rep. It will help if you have information about which chapters, articles or self-generated content you want to include, along with anticipated student numbers and the start date of your course - but if you don’t yet have all that information don’t worry, just get in touch. If you can’t find a campus rep for your institution try customise@palgrave.com.

Frequently asked questions:

How long does it take?
We need approximately 8 weeks for production once all content has been agreed on and contracts finalized.

What can I include?
You can select whole chapters from selected Palgrave Macmillan texts or whole journal articles. When you send through your wish-list, we will check whether we have the necessary rights to include the requested material in your custom publication. In addition you can add up to 20,000 words of your own material, such as an introduction, additional course material or lecture notes.

What will it cost?
Prices of custom publications are worked out case by case, depending on the quantity of your order, the extent of the text, any licenses payable etc. We would be happy to provide you with a no obligation quotation. Please ask your local campus sales rep for information.

Is there a minimum order?
Yes – please ask your local campus sales rep for information.

What will it look like?
Content will be typeset using an attractive text design to ensure consistency from one chapter to the next and the book will have a bespoke cover featuring your University or department logo, course name, code and instructor name.