UNC Press E-Books

UNC Press books are available in the most popular e-book platforms

UNC Press titles for which we have electronic rights are published simultaneously in print and digital formats. We have hundreds of e-book titles available for Amazon’s Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nook, the Apple iBookstore, Google Play, and many other popular e-book formats. And, UNC Press continues to expand its relationships with a growing number of e-book vendors serving academic and public libraries.

Please check the bookpages of the titles you are interested in to see if they are available as e-books, large print, or audio products. You’ll see links on how to order from the bookpage.

You can access a full list of our available e-books here.

Open Access Vision and Policy

At UNC Press, the broad dissemination of scholarship is core to our mission, so we enthusiastically share the vision of many OA advocates. Despite the opportunities afforded by digital formats, most traditional academic publishing models reinforce networks of privilege where scholars and students at well-resourced universities can read our books and journals, but anyone outside that network must overcome significant financial obstacles to access our publications. Expanding access must be a primary goal for any organization that claims to espouse progressive views of social justice and equity.

For more information on our OA policy and a current list of our OA titles, click here.

E-books for Individuals

UNC Press e-books are available for purchase from our digital partners listed below. Each vendor has its own pricing and delivery system. Please visit their sites for more information.

Amazon Kindle Store
Barnes & Noble Nook Bookstore
Apple’s iBookstore
Kobo Ebookstore
Google EBookstore (Google Play)

Enhanced E-Books

Several UNC Press E-books are available in Enhanced Editions—and include additional content like video, audio, and additional material not found in the print edition. These may include color photos, primary documents and other source materials, and much more.

See a list of our available Enhanced E-Books. You’ll also find video demos for many of these editions on their individual book pages.


UNC Press has partnerships with several on-campus e-book vendors, supplying UNC Press textbooks in e-book formats for students. These vendors also offer e-textbook rental models, to make it easy for students to access our digital content economically, for shorter periods of time. For more information, visit:


You can view our full list of textbooks that are available as e-books.

E-Book Access via Libraries

Digital editions of UNC Press books are available to libraries and their patrons through a variety of wholesalers and distributors with varying platforms and programs. Libraries can purchase individual titles or subscribe to digital content packages from the vendors listed below. Check with your institution’s library, or contact these vendors directly for additional information.

Alexander Street Press
EBSCO Publishing (formerly NetLibrary)
Project MUSE/UPCC Ebooks
North Carolina Scholarship Online (NCSO)

Digital Search and Discovery

Nearly every UNC Press book goes into the digital search and discovery channels of the vendors listed below. Please visit their sites for more information.

Amazon Search Inside the Book
Barnes & Noble Advanced Book Search
Google Books Advanced Book Search
Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge

For UNC Press Authors

If you check WorldCat and find that your e-book is available in hundreds of libraries, please be aware that the purchase of a single copy by a consortia will be reflected by all of its member libraries, and in addition, libraries may indicate access to a book not yet purchased but available for purchase through special programs.

It may become possible to take advantage of e-book opportunities for older, out-of-print titles, as well as our more recent publications. To see if your book is available right now as an e-book, please check our website.

Whenever we have reasonably current contact information, the Press has attempted to reach authors of out-of-print titles in order to inform them of new programs and to update their original publishing agreements, where appropriate.

If you would like us to offer your book via our e-book vendors, such as Amazon Kindle, please contact us, and we will be glad to determine what may be possible for your title.

You can contact Dino Battista, Director of Marketing, at dinobattista@uncpress.org