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Ordering Information


As you're probably hearing from everyone, it is extra important to place holiday orders early this year. We are expecting holiday orders to be impacted by supply chain and shipping delays that are completely out of our control. We are not responsible for holiday orders that do not reach you in time because of shipping carrier delays. PLEASE ORDER EARLY if you need your order to arrive by the holidays.

The following order deadlines are based on official shipping deadlines provided by the USPS, but they are not guaranteed:

International customers: order by Friday, December 3
US customers (Priority Mail): order by Friday, December 17 at 8am PT

UPS transit times vary by location but can be up to a week (or more, with shipping delays).
We do not recommend shipping by Media Mail if you need your order by the holidays.


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.

Reading Groups

When you order five or more copies of the same title, your order will be discounted by 30%. If you are part of a reading group all ordering the same title but paying and shipping separately, you can contact us and we'll send you a coupon code you can all use to get 30% off your selected title. 

Downloadable Products

Check out our downloadable product instructions for information about how to download and access e-books and audiobooks purchased from the AK Press website.

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