Can I charge for my textbook in order to recover the cost of printing?

Written by felix on June 27, 2012
  • Maybe.  We do permit for reimbursement of nominal printing charges in order to make a hard copy of a text available to a student.  However, selling a CK-12 textbook for profit is a violation of our Creative Commons license (See: CK-12 does not reimburse for the cost of printing, however a teacher may seek reimbursement from the student following these steps below:
  • You may make a hard copy available to a student and recoup the cost of printing the book, as long as your student knows :
    • they may obtain a free version of the book online (on the CK-12 website),
    • the copying costs are nominal
    • the book is used for educational purposes
    • there is no profit motivation
    • the book will be used in accordance with the other provisions of our license.
  • For example, a learning institution or individual may print a small amount of copies (less than 1000 copies), in order to distribute to their students.  We extend this courtesy to our users and our only requirement is this:  Please email and advise us of the following:
    • Who are you?
    • What learning institution do you represent?
    • How may we contact, if needed?
    • How many copies do you wish to print, of which book?
    • How will he material be used?
    • What price do you intend to charge for these books?

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