TRY OUR EXCLUSIVE E-BOOK/PRINT BUNDLES! If you have always wanted to try e-books, this is a perfect opportunity: With our new print and e-book bundles, buy a print book and for an additional $9.95 or less, you can get an e-book as well!

Frequently Asked Questions about E-books

What is an e-book?

An e-book, or electronic book, is a digital version of a print book. Rethinking Schools e-books are currently available as PDFs, and we intend to make them available in MOBI and ePUB formats in the future. You can read e-books on your computer, mobile device, or e-reader. If you are using an e-reader, make sure you have downloaded the appropriate software.

What are the differences among the e-book formats?

There are various formats that different e-book readers and computer systems support. Many Rethinking Schools titles are, or will soon be, available in one of these three formats:

Why would I want to read an e-book?

You can begin reading your e-books immediately after download. You can store multiple e-books on your computer, mobile device, or e-reader. Gone are the days of lugging a backpack weighted down by your print books. Rethinking Schools allows you to store your book on multiple devices so access is never a problem. These eco-friendly formats are also searchable, making it easy for you to quickly locate the passage or phrases you are looking for.

Why would I purchase both a print and digital version of a Rethinking Schools book?

“Bundling,” or purchasing the print version and e-book at a significant discount, both saves you money and allows you to take advantage of the best of both mediums. Keep the print book for reference at your home or office, and load the e-book onto your laptop, mobile device, or e-reader so you can read your book anytime.

What software do I need to read a Rethinking Schools e-book?

You need an updated version of Adobe Reader to read Rethinking e-books on your laptop, mobile device, or e-reader. If you don’t have an updated version, download a free update here. To test your software, download a sample PDF.

How do I download a Rethinking Schools e-book?

Once I purchase an e-book from Rethinking Schools, will it always be available?

Yes. Once you’ve purchased the book, it’s yours. You can load the book to your computer, mobile device, and/or e-reader, and read it at any time. The download link will be available for 30 days, but we recommend you load the e-book to your own device as soon as possible following your purchase.

Can I share my e-book with friends and colleagues?

No, you may not share your e-book with anyone else. Sharing an e-book is not like sharing a print book. When you share a print book with a friend, you still have only one copy. Sharing an e-book actually duplicates the e-book, which violates copyright law and deprives Rethinking Schools of revenue we would earn from the second, unsold copy of the book. Rethinking Schools is a small, independent nonprofit publisher. We rely on customers’ purchases and donors’ generosity to continue operating.

Can I print my e-book?

You may print one complete copy of your e-book for your own personal use. However, it may be less expensive—and less time-consuming—for you to purchase our print/e-book bundle, which is available for a discounted combination price. Please refer to the product page of the title you are interested in to find out what the print/e-book bundle costs. Buying the print book rather than printing your e-book also provides you with a better reading experience.

For educational purposes, individuals may print out excerpts or lesson plans for use in educational settings, as long as such material is furnished free to the students or workshop participants.

How do I read Rethinking Schools e-books on my e-reader?

The following vendors have step-by-step instructions on their websites about how to load an e-book to your device and begin reading:

If you have trouble loading a Rethinking Schools e-book to your device, please contact customer service.

What is your return policy for e-books?

We do not accept returns for e-books that have been successfully downloaded. If you have concerns about your purchase, please contact customer service at 1-800-669-4192, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, or e-mail rts.orders@aidcvt.com

How do I get help if I have a problem ordering or downloading an e-book?

If your question has not been addressed here, please e-mail rts.orders@aidcvt.com. We will respond to your question within 24 hours. If you prefer to speak with a customer service representative, please call us at 1-800-669-4192, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. If you call after business hours, please leave a message, and we will return your call the next business day.