Custom College Textbook Publishing

You can design a book for a course that you teach, and Tapestry Press will publish it.

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About Tapestry Press

The work we love

Tapestry Press, Ltd. was started over 30 years ago with the principle that custom publishing is, first and foremost, a service, and we wanted to make it personal. Our basic operating philosophy is to treat our customers and bookstores the way we would want to be treated and to price our books fairly.

What separates us from our competition is how we deal with our authors and editors.

Over 30 years experience

Our staff is small, experienced, responsive, and dedicated to what we do.

We do not want to just meet our customers' expectations — we aim to exceed them.

Our success is measured by our account retention and the amount of referral business that we receive.

Fine Tuning

Our contracts copyright the work in the name of the author/editor/school.

We allow reprint rights to revert to our customer after the term of the print run.

Bookstores have unlimited return privileges with no restocking fees provided books are returned by the end of the spring semester.

Custom Publishing Services

Full Service

Tapestry Press provides a full range of publishing services
Inventory tracking, editing, indexing, and printing and binding
Permissions, typesetting, and cover and text design
On time delivery and copyright registration

Custom Products

We have numerous products that can be custom made to your liking.
Anthologies, original manuscripts, eTexts, textbooks, and supplementary books
Handbooks, lab manuals, clearance, and custom academic planners, out-of-print books
The Successful Student’s Guide to College


We offer custom options.
Type styles designs, layout designs, and perforation
Two-color and four-color covers
Perfect (glued), saddle stitch, wire-o, spiral, or other specialty bindings

Why a Custom Book?

A custom book:

Includes materials designed for your course.

Eliminates the need to supplement with handouts.

Is tailored to your student population and allows faculty to develop course materials.

Improves your school’s academic image, status of the course, and rewards faculty and administrators with authorship and royalties.

"I have been working with Tapestry Press Publishing for 14 years. My publishing coordinator, Ms. Elizabeth Miskin, and the staff have been phenomenal and very forthcoming with information during the entire process. The staff is highly skilled and experienced. This publisher always goes the extra mile on many occasions to ensure that the customer experience would be perfect. Always on time and informative. I am so grateful to the Tapestry Press publishing staff. Thank you."

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Tapestry Press has been publishing Strategies for College Success, the textbook that is required for our Freshman Orientation course at Morgan State University, for over twenty years. The company offers a personal commitment to its clients that far exceeds its competitors. Their one-on-one approach to meet with me and our instructors to ensure our needs are being met so that our students’ needs are being addressed has been the emphasis of this publisher's approach. Tapestry Press gives an excellent example of being client-centered.

Morgan State University

We have worked with Tapestry Press for over fifteen years to develop and deliver a custom textbook for a university-wide General Education course. Tapestry staff have been unfailingly helpful, gracious, and personable in helping us achieve our aims, including finding reasonable pricing on copyrighted material and producing a high-quality product for our students. They work meticulously through budgetary, time, and publishing constraints with us, and each time, the result is better than we could have expected. We would not hesitate to use them for future projects, and we highly recommend them.

Co-Directors of the Human Experience course, Winthrop University

Having worked with other custom text publishers, I know the difference. Tapestry Press is outstanding, without reservation. The quality of the product is superior and the service from Tapestry is resourceful, responsive, personally-oriented, and invariably gracious. You will be surprised at how good your own instructional materials can look! Tapestry Press's careful editing and scrutiny make you, the instructor, look great. Importantly, there is never a delay receiving books, even extra copies, so students are always able to obtain class materials. In addition, the University bookstores appreciate working with Tapestry Press because of their cooperative, friendly, and professional service.

West Virginia University

Our Seamless Process

Learn more about how we work with you. From introduction, to launch of your text, and beyond... we will be with you every step of the way.

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Select Material

Select and submit your course material and table of contents.

Submit Order

Send your book order form to your college bookstore.

Custom Design

We format your material and create a cover design that is unique to your book.

Electronic Proof

You see page proofs before the book is printed.


The book is printed, bound, and shipped to your college bookstore. Complimentary desk copies are sent to instructors teaching the course.

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about the product and billing.
Is there a minimum order?
No. But, prices are most competitive at quantities over 300 copies. Student prices are determined by the number of pages, permission fees, and the number of copies ordered. Call us toll free at 800-535-2007 for an estimate of the student price.
Can I include previously published material?
Yes. Simply send us complete bibliographic information (author, title, publisher, date, copyright holder, page numbers, etc.). We clear permissions and pay all fees. Our experience with copyright clearance guarantees that copyright laws are upheld and saves you precious time. (You can include journal articles, material from periodicals, newspaper articles, and book chapters.)
What kind of commitment do I have to make?
Our Publishing Agreement is for one academic year.
Will I receive a royalty and/or desk copies?
Yes. A royalty can be built into the price of the book. Complimentary desk copies are provided for all instructors who teach the course.
Do I get to see my book before it is printed?
Yes. Provided your material is received by the deadline, our publishing schedule allows you to see page proofs before the book is printed.
What is your return policy?
Books are 100% returnable provided that books are returned by the end of the spring semester. We ask that bookstores contact us ahead of time with return quantity.
How do I submit my course material?
We can accept your course material in any format—files or hard copy. Electronic files may be sent via email, our Hightail account, or any file transfer method. We ask that any electronic images be at least 300 dpi for best reproduction. For hard copy submissions, we will provide our Fed Ex account information to you. Our flexibility allows you to send us your material “as is.” It might be “camera-ready” or in need of formatting or typesetting.
Do I have to sign a contract?
We have a one-page Publishing Agreement that our authors/editors sign stipulating the quantity of books to be ordered by their bookstore.
Is there any cost to the school?
No. In fact, most schools earn royalties on custom books. The books are ordered and sold through the college bookstore.
Who holds the copyright to the book?
Unlike many publishers, Tapestry Press copyrights your book in your name. This professional recognition is one of the rewards of authorship.
How often can I revise my book?
As often as every year. To keep your course material timely, we allow you the option to revise as much or as little as you like each year.

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