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Let us help you find the best teaching resources for your course, with our free inspection copy service for instructors.

  1. Find out how to request an inspection copy 

  2. Identify which books are available for inspection

  3. Read our inspection copy policy


How to identify which books are available for inspection 


You can request inspection copies of books in both print and electronic format.

Looking for a print copy? 

  • Available books are flagged with 'Inspection copy available' and you will see this button on the right-hand side of the book page:


Prefer an electronic copy for immediate access?  

  • Many of our books are available as electronic inspection copies, meaning you get instant access to the book online through VitalSource.  Simply click on the link at the start of the book description, where you see the following instruction:

'Lecturers, request your electronic inspection copy here.'

If the book you’re interested in doesn’t have either of these order options, please contact your SAGE representative for support.


How to request an inspection copy


1. Find the book for your course

Search using the search bar at the top-right of the website or you can view our latest titles and select the title(s) you wish to inspect. You are able to inspect up to 3.

2. Click on the Inspection Copy button found on the right-hand side of the books product page

Click on the button to add the book to your inspection copy basket. Only books available for inspection have this button.

3. Log in or set up your account

Enter existing details or set up a SAGE account to receive inspection copies.

4. Tell us about your courses

Please tell us about the institution you teach at and the courses you are considering the inspection copy for. We also need a delivery address to send the book to you.

5. Complete your request

Check your details and delivery address are correct then confirm your request.

Customers based in Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Switzerland - please note that your request will be passed onto SAGE's local representatives Mare Nostrum for processing. They will then send you an email with details of what to do next and how to register with them.

Customers in Australasia please note that your request will be passed onto SAGE's local distributor, Footprint Books, who will process your request on SAGE's behalf.

If you teach at a college or within the Further Education and Skills sector and you experience problems ordering inspection copies, please contact

6. Submit your feedback and publish your review

Once you have received and reviewed your inspection copy please submit your feedback online and add your comments to our online peer review system.

SAGE is the first academic publisher to share independent customer reviews and feedback online, and we feel that encouraging two way communication with customers and colleagues in the academic world is integral to producing quality content. You can publish comments online for inspection copies you have requested via your SAGE online account.



Inspection copy policy


Paperback textbooks marked with the inspection copy button are available free to course lecturers based at higher and further education institutions for adoption review.

  • You may select up to 3 books to consider for course adoption at any one time up to a maximum of 12 hard copy books in a calendar year
  • Inspection copies are available for courses with 10 or more students
  • Your opinion is valuable in ensuring we provide you with the right publications for your course and we ask that you submit feedback for each inspection copy you review at Inspection Copy Feedback within 30 days of receipt. You may keep the book(s) with our compliments whether you decide to adopt a text or not, but we request that you submit your feedback online so that we can ensure you continue to receive SAGE inspection copies as efficiently as possible. The information you provide us will help ensure that your local bookshop is stocked with enough copies of adopted titles at the right time of year, ensuring the smooth running of your course. Your feedback is important in helping us maintain high standards for our textbook publishing programme and for publishing the most appropriate book for courses, lecturers and students at a reasonable price. We may email you a reminder to submit your feedback to tell us how you will use the book on your course
  • Customers outside of the UK and Europe should allow at least 21 days for delivery
  • SAGE Publications Ltd is committed to protecting your privacy and any information you give us is used only by SAGE Publications. When registering you will be given the opportunity to decide if you would like to be contacted by us. SAGE Publications does not trade or share personal data with companies outside the SAGE Publications group. For full details of our privacy and data protection policy see below
  • Inspection copies can be ordered via the SAGE website by clicking on the Inspection Copy button next to flagged books. Use the search box to find your book or browse the textbook homepage
  • If you wish to request an electronic inspection copy, you will be redirected to VitalSource who provide access to our E-ICs.  If you haven't already registered an account with VitalSource there may be a slight delay while your profile is approved
  • The access period for an electronic inspection copy through VitalSource is one year per book
  • Inspection copies are sent at the discretion of the publisher. If we cannot verify a teaching status, recognize an institution, or determine whether a course is  taught in English, then we may not be able to fulfil an inspection copy request. Supplying academic or professional email addresses, where possible, rather than private hotmail or gmail addresses will speed up the approval process
  • Inspection copies are for the sole use of the requesting course lecturer (or co-lecturers on the same course) or course leader and are transferable only with the prior permission in writing of the publisher
  • Councils, local authorities, practitioners and private training companies wishing to request sample copies for the consideration of bulk copy orders should contact
  • SAGE reserves the right to withdraw or restrict this service at any time
  • We reserve the right to supply an electronic inspection copy in place of a paper copy.

If you have any questions about the inspection copy policy please email us at