• Home /
  • Ordering Information

Ordering Information


Holiday Ordering Guidelines:
If you are ordering holiday gifts, please make sure to select an appropriate shipping method. We recommend Priority Mail or UPS (though note that UPS is slower and more expensive). You can find more detail on shipping times to various destinations on the USPS or UPS websites. 

Ordering Deadlines for in-stock items to arrive by 12/25 are as follows:

*International Customers (including Canada): order by 9am PST on Monday, December 7th
*US Customers: order by 9am PST on Thursday, December 17th (if shipping Priority Mail)

Please note that UPS shipping can take up to more than 5 business days to reach a destination in the US. Priority Mail is often your fastest option.

The above deadlines are when we need orders to be placed in order for us to ship them by the official USPS shipping deadlines. Keep in mind that due to increased mail volume and COVID-related delays, there may still be delays in transit and unfortunately we have no control over that. Delivery dates are not guaranteed by USPS or by AK Press. Please order as early as possible.


Ordering Instructions

You can order electronically (and securely) from our website using a credit card, or you can print a copy of an order from our site and mail it with payment. You can also place an order by phone when paying with a credit card.

If you are mailing in an order, it is vital that you include your name and address. We accept checks and money orders made out to “AK Press.”

Most orders go out in 1 or 2 business days but delays occasionally do happen. You will receive tracking information as your order ships. If we are out of a title you’ve ordered, we will backorder it for you. You will not be charged for it until it ships. Backorders are canceled at 60 days, but we are usually able to get titles back in stock much faster than that. If you find something in your order has been backordered and you’d prefer to find it faster, please just let us know (orders@akpress.org).

All sales are final. No returns on mail ordered merchandise.


All orders by mail must be accompanied with the appropriate payment. Payments made by check or money order should be made payable to “AK Press.” Cash sent is at your own risk. We take Visa or Mastercard by mail, fax, phone (510-208-1700 M-F), and via our web site. If you’re ordering with a credit card, we require all the usual info, but please make sure the billing address you enter is correct, or your card will be declined and your order delayed.

International Ordering 

Overseas customers are encouraged to order via our website. Please note that all prices on our website are in USD. If you must mail in an order it is advised to pay by International Money Order or a check in USD (US dollars), drawn on a US bank.


Please be aware that prisons have different regulations about what you can order. You are responsible to know those regulations and order accordingly. If items you order are rejected by the prison and returned to us, we will credit your purchase. However, if the prison does not return the order, we cannot issue a credit. We offer a 30% discount on all items shipped directly to prisoners.

Postage & Handling

United States

Estimated Shipping Times

First Item/Each Additional Item

Media Mail (USPS)

Allow 2–4 Weeks

$4.50 / $1.00

Priority Mail (USPS)

2–3 Business Days

$8.00 / $1.50

UPS Ground (not available to PR, HI, AK)
requires a street address (no P.O. Boxes)

Depends on location. Up to 6 Business Days.

$15.00 / $2.00


Estimated Shipping Times

First Item/Each Additional Item


7–10 days

$20.00 / $4.00


Estimated Shipping Times

First Item/Each Additional Item


7–10 days

$24.00 / $4.00