Print on Demand (POD)

Print on Demand (POD)

Note: Not all digital textbooks will be available for a print edition!

  • A book that is a Print on Demand (POD) is a softcover title, usually printed on thinner paper than the paper in a traditional printed textbook offered through the publisher.
  • This is not a hard copy of the book as you would purchase from your college bookstore, or from the publisher, for example, they are a directly printed version of the eTextBook without color or manipulation of text size outside the default text size in the eTextBook.
  • They are not printed until ordered from the student.
  • Print on Demand books are a separate purchase from the ebook purchase and have associated tax and shipping costs. Orders are only processed for US residence.
  • Students are allowed to purchase only one copy for personal use.
  • Since each book is print to order, NO RETURNS/REFUNDS ARE ACCEPTED.


How do you order Print on Demand (POD) books?

  • There will be a Print On Demand link in the Online Bookshelf.
  • Once you have chosen the Print On Demand book of your choice, you will then get a separate e-commerce window to complete the order.
  • PODs cannot be purchased using Financial aid.
  • Supported institutions for VitalSource Support:
    • Western Governor's University
    • Indiana Wesleyan
    • Texas A&M University, San Antonio
    • American Career College (West Coast University)
    • Ultimate Medical Academy
    • National University
    • Bryant and Stratton (Pearson books only)
    • Columbia Southern University

Note: PODs are offered when a publisher and a school create an agreement to offer an eTextBook(s) with a printed option. The printing is not done by VitalSource; however, we are the support for POD orders. If the book is purchased through a third-party it is unlikely the title has a POD option.


Turn around times after ordering a Print on Demand (POD) book(s):

  • It can take 1-2 business days for the order to processed.
  • Orders placed Monday-Friday before 4 PM Central time are processed on the next business day.
  • Orders placed after 4 PM Central time, on weekends, or a holiday take an additional day to process.
  • After processing a POD order, it will take three business days to complete the printing.
  • You choose your preferred shipping method. Shipping times are:

    Basic: 5-14 business days 
    Ground: 2-6 days
    2nd Day Air: 2 days
    Overnight: 1 day

  • Shipping times are for AFTER order is processed and printed; the overnight shipping option occurs after 1-5 business days.
  • Note: Basic shipping does not include tracking, VitalSource will not be able to re-process a lost order until ten business days after the book has left the POD facility.
  • No shipping outside of the United States.



If you have any further questions, please contact our 24/7 support team:

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By phone:

  • In the US/Canada, please call: 1-855-200-4146
  • In the UK, please call: +44 800 802 1506
  • In Australia please call: +61 8 7111 3343