Prison Education Book Connection

Prison Education Book Connection

A partnership between the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison and W.W. Norton

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Historically, higher education in prison (HEP) programs are amongst the most under-resourced in the academic space, and as a result, they often lack access to current, high quality textbooks.

W. W. Norton & Company is the oldest, largest book publishing house owned by its employees. As they celebrate their centenary, W.W. Norton has generously agreed to partner with the Alliance to donate textbooks in 20 subject areas to HEP programs! Read more about Norton’s 100 year celebration at

How to participate

  • All HEP educators responsible for selecting course textbooks are welcome to apply.
  • There will be two application periods per year.
  • The first application will go live on the Alliance website on February 15, 2023 and will close on March 31, 2023.
  • Books will be shipped in Spring 2023.

At this time we cannot accommodate requests for books outside of the Norton catalog provided below, however there will be an opportunity to provide feedback about additional subjects and titles in the future. Please send any questions to!

Applications are currently closed, but we will be hosting a second round of applications with an updated list of books.