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Course Book Program

Still North has begun to sells coursebooks for select classes! If you are a student looking to purchase coursebooks, our course collections will be linked here once available. Please call or email with any questions in the meantime.
If you are a professor looking to make coursebooks available for your classes, please fill out the Coursebook Request Form. Please submit your requests for Winter 2024 courses by Monday, December 11 at 5pm.

Coursebook FAQs

What courses does Still North provide books for?

We focus on stocking books for courses that are reading trade or academic titles. As a result, classes are in the arts and humanities, though we are happy to stock trade and academic titles for non-humanities departments as well.

Trade, academic, textbook, coursebook, what's the difference? Which do you stock?

For our purposes, coursebooks are any books used in a class. This includes trade books (such as a Penguin Classic edition of Jane Eyre, a recently released contemporary novel, or an exploration of an academic topic in a way that is approachable for general audiences); academic books (books published for an academic audience); or textbooks (large anthologies or reference volumes). Still North stocks trade books and academic books in-store. Because we cannot usually offer competitive pricing on text books, we do not offer textbooks in-store except for those published by W.W. Norton. Other textbooks are sometimes available for order on our website. 

A course I'm taking isn't listed. Can I still purchase my book(s) through Still North?
If the book is a trade or academic title, the answer is usually yes! To check availability, paste the ISBN in the search bar above. If you have questions, get in touch. Books currently in-stock are marked "On Our Shelves Now." If we don't have it in stock, we can typically get books in 3-7 business days (though turnaround times can vary between 2 days and several weeks). If you're not finding the book you're looking for on our site, please feel free to call or email us.

Do I have to order coursebooks ahead of time?
No, but we strongly encourage you to do so. Ordering ahead helps us gauge how many copies to bring in, but we should have plenty on hand if you come early in the term. And we can usually get more!

I need a more exact idea of when a book will arrive. Can you help?
We're happy to give you a more specific idea, but we can never 100% guarantee that a book will arrive on time due to variables outside our control. Fortunately, that's usually not the case! Email with turnaround inquiries.

Aren't textbooks a dying breed?
Good question! To be honest, as a trade bookstore, we don't feel equipped to weigh in fully... but we have seen that that there's a subset of students who want both to read physical books and to support a Hanover business in the process (thank you!). Usually, the most sought after coursebooks fall under the category of trade or academic titles. So while textbooks may be suffering, there is still demand for coursebooks. 

I'm a professor. Can you tell me a bit more about how the process works?
Once you fill out the coursebook request form, we will take a look at each book you request and add it to an order. If we are unable to source any of the books, we will let you know and suggest an alternate when possible. Before the start of term, we will send you a landing page to share with students looking to check pricing or order ahead. Because we recognize that not all students want physical copies of their books—and that many students have ingrained buying habits with online retailers—we bring in fewer coursebooks than the number of students enrolled. We ask that you spread the word to your students and encourage them to shop local!

Are there any books you can't get?
Unfortunately, yes. We do our best to track books down, but we typically cannot source books that are from non-U.S. publisher, out of stock at the publisher, out of print, or an independently published common domain title. We will let you know if this is the case and suggest an alternate edition when possible.

Do you offer financial assistance for students looking to purchase coursebooks?
Not at the moment, but we are exploring ways to make this possible.