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October 01 2019

Course affected by COVID-19?

Course affected by COVID-19? Publishers now offering free textbooks through Perusall this spring

[Note: This post refers to a publisher offer from Spring 2020 and is no longer active.]

We designed Perusall to support learning no matter the mode of delivery: if you’re moving your class online due to the Coronavirus epidemic, Perusall will create an engaging virtual learning experience for your students.

If your students previously purchased books outside of Perusall, and you’d like to move to Perusall now, we may be able to help. We have arranged with an increasing number of our publishers to offer free textbook rentals in Perusall for students in ongoing courses affected by COVID-19, when your students previously purchased access elsewhere. Those currently participating include:

  • Broadview Press
  • Cambridge University Press
  • Hackett Publishing Company
  • McFarland
  • McGraw-Hill Education
  • Oxford University Press
  • Princeton University Press
  • SAGE
  • Springer
  • Taylor and Francis (including Routledge and CRC Press)
  • University Science Books
  • Wiley
  • W. W. Norton & Company

(Some restrictions may apply, depending on the publisher.)

If you’d like to take advantage of this offer for your course, email us at and let us know what book(s) you are using in your course and how many students you have. If permitted to by the publisher, we’ll provide you with an access code your students can use to bypass the paywall for your book(s) until at least May 25. (Let us know if your semester extends beyond that date.)

If you don’t see your publisher on the list above, contact your local publisher sales representative for alternatives that may be available.

Please feel free to share this information with colleagues who are moving their classes online, or with your administration.

Try it today with your class.

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