Distribution and Sales

Distributor: Chicago Distribution Center (CDC)

We do not sell books from our Champaign office. Order books from our distributor at:

Chicago Distribution Center
11030 South Langley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60628
Phone: 800-621-2736 or International: 773-702-7000
Fax: 800-621-8476 or International: 773-702-7212
E-mail orders: orders@press.uchicago.edu

UIP authors will receive their contractual discount and can pay with credit card or check. You will be asked to pay for your order at the time that you place it.

If you need copies of your book for an upcoming event, please place your order with CDC at least two weeks in advance to ensure timely delivery.

Important Dates: Dock Date vs. Publication Date

When your book is ready, the printer will send UIP a small amount of copies and will ship the remaining stock to CDC. The day that CDC receives stock from the printer is called the dock date.  At that time we will begin the steps necessary to make the book available to the general public. The first step is setting the publication date.  For monographs and other academic titles the publication date will be a Monday four weeks following the dock date. Trade books will be assigned a publication date six to eight weeks following the dock date. The lag between the dock date and the publication date allows UIP and CDC to fill back orders, distribute books to retailers and wholesalers, and send review copies to media outlets by the publication date.


The University of Illinois Press employs sales representatives who work on a commission basis throughout the United States, Canada, China, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Pakistan, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.  Each season we meet with the sales reps and provide them with information to market each book on the list.  The sales reps then call on the buyers for all the major bookstores (both trade and college) as well as specialized retailers such as museum gift shop managers, to present UIP’s forthcoming books.  They also reach out to the academic market through a variety of efforts.

A portion of UIP’s sales also come from wholesalers such as Ingram and Baker & Taylor and from large chain bookstores such as Barnes & Noble.  Each company requires specific information about your book that the sales staff provides at the beginning of each season.

Note:  The national bookstore chains use a centralized system to buy books on behalf of their individual stores. Because of this purchasing method, publishers cannot influence the inventory, title information, or shelving decisions at local stores. However, when errors occur at individual stores, our sales department can address them through UIP contacts at the central offices.

Internet Booksellers

Each season the sales staff provides bibliographic and content information about each new book to Internet book vendors, such as Amazon.com, Powells.com, and Barnesandnoble.com.

Each Internet bookseller decides what data it will include on its Web site and retains control of category listings and editorial content such as customer reviews and trade reviews). Keep in mind that Internet booksellers frequently use approximate publication dates or will otherwise adjust the book’s publication date to meet their particular requirements.

Please also be aware that each Internet bookseller has its own formula for determining sales rankings of the titles it is carrying and that these posted rankings do not directly correlate with the total number of books sold. UIP has its own criteria for judging the performance of a book, and we recommend that you contact us if you want to discuss your book’s performance.