In Store Book Printing: Books on Demand
Harvard Book Store

About Books On Demand

Read on for information about Books on Demand at Harvard Book Store. Find information on Custom Printing here.

Paige M. Gutenborg, Harvard Book Store's book-printing robot

With our books on demand service, our customers can print paperback books from electronic files available online, including previously inaccessible titles such as Lewis Carroll’s original manuscript for Alice in Wonderland, Alice's Adventures Under Ground (1886), An Historical Sketch of Groton, Massachusetts, 1655-1890 (1894), and The Chemistry of Hat Manufacturing (1906), lectures that forever changed the British hat manufacturing industry.

We can print nearly five million titles, including Google Books that are in the public domain, as well as thousands of publisher-permission titles. Many out-of-print books and books that are no longer under copyright can be in your hands within minutes.

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Watch our staff's suspenseful and informative short film, Jurassic Books!

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Ordering Books on Demand

Search Book Databases

Current Databases Include:

And databases are constantly growing!

How to Order a Google Book:

Once you've located the book in Google Books, click on the text that reads "Get this book in Print".

From the available options, select "On Demand Books".

On the next page, select the "Get it" button by the first option (Harvard Bookstore).

You will be directed to the book's record on our site, where you will be able to buy the book following our regular online check-out procedure.

If you have any questions, please email us at bookmachine@harvard.com.

Disclaimer, Turnaround Time, and Resizing

Public domain Google Books are the scanned collections of a number of libraries, including the Harvard University Library, and they may contain notations and other marks. Harvard Book Store makes no representation or warranty as to the content of Google Books, and Google Books are non-returnable.

Please allow 3-5 business days for your order to be processed and your book to be printed. Books are printed in the order in which requests are received and our queue length can vary greatly. If you need your book quickly, please opt for priority shipping to be bumped to the head of the queue. 

Please note also that certain titles may need to be reformatted for the sake of readability. We do this at no additional cost to you, but it may add an additional 1-3 business days on to the processing time of your order. 

Contact Us

Contact our Print on Demand Manager directly with questions or to schedule an appointment.

E-mail: bookmachine@harvard.com

Call: (617) 661-1515 Monday-Friday, between 10am and 6pm.

Shipping & Delivery

Choose "Saver Shipping"
on your order over $50
for free shipping
throughout the U.S.

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