New Directions is proud to serve the academic community with many new international literature and poetry titles, and one of the finest literary backlists in American publishing. We aim to publish our books in affordable editions for students. We offer free reading guides that can be used by educators, reading groups, or individual readers. In addition, New Directions publishes anthologies of world literature that provide a great way to introduce students to a variety of contemporary writing.

Desk and Examination Copies

When requesting a desk copy please include:

Name of instructor and academic mailing address (desk copies cannot be sent directly to an instructor’s home, however we do make rare exceptions).

Course name and expected enrollment.

13-digit ISBN and quantity (please limit to one copy per instructor).

If the title you’re looking for isn’t listed on our website, it may be unavailable or out of print.

Emails must be associated with an academic institution. Please allow up to three weeks for these requests to be processed.

For further assistance, please email

For class orders, please contact our distributor, W. W. Norton.