Reprints Program FAQ

This page lists answers to some common questions about our reprints program. Please feel free to contact us with any additional questions.

What is the difference between a title, edition and a reprint?

A title usually corresponds to the original scan obtained from or another digital archive. A title usually produces one or more editions - which correspond to a new physical book - for example an edition maybe merely a reproduction of a single title, or a combined edition made up of several titles together. Each edition has one or more reprints, which correspond to various bindings/print partner combinations of the same physical book.

What is the pre-order request?

A pre-order request is placed by customers to select specific titles to be reprinted. There is no cost to pre-order reprints and no obligation to purchase anything once they are fulfilled and reprints become available for ordering.

What is the relationship between you, and Lulu/Amazon/etc.?

We are all separate organizations. The Society for Preservation of Hebrew Books which operates the site scans and digitizes old books, making them available for free download., is responsible for taking scanned books and setting them up for printing. Lulu,, and our other print on demand partners handle orders and printing for reprints.

Can you scan a specific book and reprint it?

Please direct this question to We only handle printing of books once they have been scanned.

Do you print copyrighted books?

We only print titles that are in public domain under United States law. Permission from the current copyright holder will be required to print any titles that are still under copyright.

Why aren't some titles available, even though I see them at

The most common reason why a title is not available, is simply because it hasn't been setup for printing yet. Please contact us about a specific title.

How long does it take to setup a book?

For most titles, about 1-2 weeks. Some titles may take longer.

How long does it take for an order to print?

Soft covers orders take about a week. Hardcover orders take between 1 to 3 weeks for printing.

What is the difference between a small and large hard cover?

A small hardcover is 6"x9" and a large hardcover is 8.25"x10.75". When a book is setup for printing, one of these sizes is chosen based on the size of the original scan. Prior to setup, both prices might be shown.

Can I combine several titles together to save on printing?

Not yet but we are working on it

What kind of shipping do you offer?

Shipping varies depending on the printing partner used, for example Amazon offers free shipping via their Prime program, other retailers vary.

How can I save money when ordering?

Here are some of the ways you can save money when placing an order:

  • If you are outside the US, try to use your local Amazon site or On Demand Books. Shipping and production costs may be cheaper in your local area.
  • has a lot of coupons and discounts that change often. Please make sure to visit their homepage and blog. You can also visit RetailMeNot for an updated list of coupons.
How do I get free shipping?

Here are some of the ways you can get discounted or free shipping on your order:

  • For Amazon, you can get free shipping when you order a certain amount of books or via Amazon Prime (Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial [affiliate link]).
  • Amazon now offers free shipping to Israel for orders over $49 - see here for details [affiliate link].
  • For Lulu, you can get often get discounts or free shipping with coupons.
How much do reprints cost?

Actual cost will be determined at the time your request is processed. Estimated costs are $5-$20 for soft covers, and $15-35 for hard covers. Shipping costs are extra.

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