Custom Texts

Broadview’s Custom Text Builder

Above you will find a link to Broadview’s Custom Text Builder. This site is designed to make it fast and easy to create custom texts for use in your classes. It features an ever-growing digital library of many of Broadview’s most popular titles, including every volume of the Broadview Anthology of British Literature, The Broadview Introduction to Literature, many of our new writing and composition titles, a selection of critical thinking texts, and much more. Using this site, you can mix-and-match the readings you want into a single, attractively produced, customized volume with perfect binding and a cardstock cover. Each custom text will be treated as a book that can be sold at your university bookstore under a unique ISBN.

What are the costs associated with a custom text?

The cost structure of each Broadview custom text is fairly straightforward. There is a base administration fee of $10 per copy for orders of more than 50 copies, and $15 per copy for orders below 50. In addition to the base rate, there is a per-page printing cost of $0.10. The price to the student in a course of 60 students for, say, a 180-page custom text would thus be $28 (180 x $0.10, plus $10 base admin fee).

Why use a custom text?

Broadview custom texts offer added flexibility when selecting course readings and are often more cost-effective than traditional anthologies.

Whether you’re looking for readings by a single author, or readings from a specific period, the selection process is clear and straightforward. Browse by volume, or use our handy search feature to find the exact reading you’re looking for. As you add readings to your custom course text you will see a running total of both the price and the page count. Throughout the process, your selections will be displayed in a table of contents on the right hand side of your screen.

Can’t find the book or reading that you’re looking for? Do you want only part of a given reading? Don’t worry–Broadview’s staff will do their best to accommodate customization requests. With the exception of readings that are in-copyright to a rights holder other than Broadview Press, the majority of material published by Broadview is available for inclusion in a custom text.

For those of you who prefer the traditional method of building custom texts (submitting a list of readings to a Broadview staff member), don’t worry; we will continue to offer this possibility.

The best way to experience our custom text builder is to give it a try! Follow the link below to see the site in action.

Try Broadview’s Custom Text Builder

Can I order a custom ebook for my course?

Yes, we can create a custom ebook, which will then be available for your students to purchase on the Broadview Press website. Our custom ebooks are offered as PDF files and run on the industry standard Adobe Digital Editions platform. Custom ebooks cost $5 per unit plus $0.10 per page (e.g. a 100 page custom ebook would be priced at $15 for students). Please note that Broadview Custom Texts can only be made available in either print or digital format, not both. So, if you wish to order print copies of the text for your class, you will not have the option of also offering an ebook. For more information please contact our Custom Text Administrator (

Alternate Format Requests

Broadview Press is happy to provide PDF files of our books for students or other readers with print disabilities. Requests must be made by an institution such as the CNIB (in Canada) or NFB (in the USA), by an Accessibility Centre at a recognized college or university, or by an accredited professor or instructor. To submit a request for a text in an alternative format, please contact:

Merilee Atos
Rights and Permissions Manager

Please include in your request the name of your institution, the name and dates of the course for which the text is required (if applicable), and the title, author, and ISBN of the book requested.