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About Custom Publishing

It's More Than Photocopying!

Custom Publishing was created as a response to the need of educators. Instructors needed a cost efficient, legally compliant alternative to supplement traditional classroom materials. One of the most valued concepts about custom designed courseware is that all material is current and relevant as you choose it to be. Since you elect only the information you need, your initiative will always be on target. Students prefer course packs, since they are generally utilized more fully by the faculty member.

Most Commonly Custom Published Materials

Lecture Notes, Old Exams, Lab Manuals, Music Compositions, Excerpts from books, journal and magazine articles, and out of print books.

More Important Details

Once you have chosen the materials for the packets, see the Getting Started page. This will walk you through the fast and easy steps to submit your packet request. The course packets will be placed next to the traditional textbooks on our sales floor. The cost of the packets is determined by the costs of production, royalties set by copyright holders and a gross margin to cover services. Since this service is part of the KSU Bookstore, all revenue stays with the University to support student services, facilities, and programming.


Copyright compliance is not optional, it is mandatory. Infringement jeopardizes not only you, but the integrity of the institution. It is also important because people need to be compensated for their work. The Copyright Act of 1976 provides that copyright begins at the moment the work is created. Registration with the Copyright Office is not required in order for a work to be protected under U.S. copyright law. The absence of copyright notice does not mean that a work is not copyrighted- this is especially important with the use of materials downloaded from the internet. Similarly, the fact that the author is deceased or the book is out of print does not mean the work may be copied. Fair use does not apply to copied material which is sold or distributed to students. If you packet is to contain borrowed material, we must ask the copyright holders for permission to photocopy. If you are uncertain if your selection is copyrighted, please include your bibliography of citations, we will check for you. Please review our Copyright FAQ's section for more information.

Please Be Aware of the Following:

  • Copyrights must be renewed each semester
  • Material from a book in print is generally limited to a percentage set by the publisher
  • Publishers Charge Royalties
  • Although approximately 80% of permissions are cleared online through a centralized clearinghouse and many are granted within 24-48 hours, response times from individual publishers vary and can take up to 6-8 weeks in some cases, and can also be denied. If a request is denied, we will notify you immediately.


Most publishers charge royalties to reproduce their material. The average cost is approximately 18 cents per page, per copy, but can often be much higher. When a publisher charges a royalty over 30 cents per page, per copy, we will contact you. You can determine the importance of the material versus its cost. If you are concerned about the overall cost of the packet, an estimate can be provided to you upon request.

Desk Copies

Desk Copies are provided and there is no limit on the number of desk copies you may request, however, please be mindful that the costs of your desk copies are absorbed into the over-all student copy price. Carefully consider the number of desk copies you will actually need, these fees may significantly increase the packet cost, especially, in small class enrollments. Your desk copies will be delivered to your office or sent through campus mail. Be sure to indicate the desk copy quantity on the order form.