Examination copies:

Examination copies are available to college professors or instructors seeking titles to review for course adoption consideration. Paperbacks (under $20.00) are $3.00 each, paperbacks (at or over $20.00) are 50% off, and hardcovers are 50% off.

Examination copies of Smithsonian Books' titles may be ordered online with a credit card using the Penguin Random House Academic examination copy order form.

Desk copies:

Smithsonian Books is pleased to work with Random House Academic to provide complimentary desk copies of any adopted required text for instructors at accredited colleges and universities.

One desk copy is available for every twenty copies ordered. However, Random House will honor requests with a minimum enrollment of ten students for seminars and graduate courses. If the class size falls below ten, examination copies are available for purchase at a nominal cost. Random House can not ship desk copies to residences: they must be mailed in care of your institution and to valid U.S. addresses only.

Desk copies of Smithsonian Books' titles may be requested online using the Penguin Random House Academic desk copy request form.


For assistance ordering examination or desk copies, please contact Matt Litts at LittsM@si.edu or Leah Enser at EnserL2@si.edu.