Welcome to Morton Publishing

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I publish a custom lab manual with Morton Publishing?

We strive to make the customization process as smooth as possible for you. When you call us, a human being answers the phone, and our custom editor, custom project editors, production group, customer service team, and your sales rep will do the best they can to make sure you are satisfied. Morton is a small, privately-owned company that cares about our customers and is dedicated to creating high-quality, affordable lab materials. We have more than three decades of publishing experience and take pride in the quality of our work. In addition to our production capabilities, we have a deep reservior of quality content from which you can choose, including lab manuals and photographic atlases. It is our goal to earn your business and to ensure that you are happy with your custom lab manual. 

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Are there enrollment minimums?

Yes. In the life sciences (General Biology, Microbiology, Anatomy and Physiology, Zoology, Botany, etc.) there must be at least 100 students/year enrolled in the course for us to create a Pick-and-Choose or Your Original Material custom manual. In Chemistry, Physical Science, and Astronomy, that minimum is 50 students per year.

For all hybrid options there must be at least 300 students/year enrolled in the course.

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How many books will you print?

We print "on demand", meaning that when an order is placed from your bookstore, the books will be printed and shipped within five business days of receiving the order. We have a 100% return policy on any unsold copies.

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Can I get instructor copies?

Yes, we will provide you with complimentary instructor desk copies of your custom manual, typically one copy per section per year. 

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What is your return policy?

We have a 100% return policy for any unused, undamaged books up to 12 months from the date of the original invoice. 

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How much does a custom manual cost?

There are several components that go into pricing a CustomLab manual, including the following:

  1. Page count
  2. Image selection
  3. Typesetting (if applicable)
  4. Royalty (if applicable)
  5. Enrollment

We strive to keep our prices competitive and affordable. Please contact our custom editors for more specific pricing information. 

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Is custom less expensive?

Usually, but not always. It depends on how much material is removed from an existing manual, and how many pages are printed. We are happy to provide price estimates for a potential project so that you can make the decision that is best for you and your students. 

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Are there price minimums?
  • The minimum suggested retail price for a full-color Pick-and Choose lab manual in the Life Sciencs is $29.95.
  • The minimum suggested retail price for a full-color Pick-and-Choose lab manual in Chemistry, Physical Science, and Astronomy is $19.95.
  • The minimum suggested retail price for a full-color Atlas is $24.95
  • All Hybrid options are not subject to minimum pricing.
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What is the format?

All of our books are shipped three-hole drilled, loose-leaf, and shrink-wrapped to facilitate the incorporation of class notes and other lab materials. This format also helps us keep down the price of the manuals. We do not publish bound manuals. 

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Can I customize an atlas?

Yes. There must be at least 100 students enrolled in the course annually, and any custom atlas must be listed as a "required" text in the bookstore. The minimum price for a customized atlas is $24.95. Please contact our custom editor or your sales representative for more information.

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What is a MortyPak?

A MortyPak is just our fancy term for "bundle." If you bundle your custom manual with one of our atlases, we offer a 10% discount on the atlas. 

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Who owns the copyright to the material I wrote?

If it's your content, it's your copyright. We hold no copyright to anything you wrote, even if we print the manual for you. We maintain copyright on any of our content that is included in your custom manual, such as our exercises, images, or illustrations.

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Will I get to see proofs of of the manual before you print it?

Yes, will provide .pdf files for you to proof prior to the book being printed.

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What are the deadlines?

For customized Pick-and-Choose and Your Original Material, we must receive the content selections or final manuscript by:

  • April 1st for summer classes
  • June 1st for fall classes
  • October 15th for spring classes

For hybrid manuals, we must receive the final manuscript by:

  • March 1st for summer classes
  • May 1st for fall classes
  • October 1st for spring classes

For exisiting hybrid manual customers, we can revise once per year:

  • Revision due March 1st for fall classes
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How do I gain access to your image library?

Click here to access our image library.

Before you can view our image library, you must be logged into your instructor account. To create an account, click here. For all Hybrid options, Morton allows instructors to include our photographs and illustrations in their custom lab manual. Most of the illustrations are free of charge, and most of the photographs add to the cost of the book. In order to use and add images from the Morton image library, a 300 student annual enrollment minimum applies.

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Is an index included?

If you would like the index to the full Morton manual, it can be included. The index won't be customized to match your content selections, but the page references will still be accurate for the content that you select.

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What does "camera-ready" mean?

"Camera-ready" simply means that you are providing us with a manuscript that is ready to print, as-is.

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What types of files do you need?

A Microsoft Word document is the preferred format when you submit your manuscript to us (ideally with a .docx extension typical of MS Word versions 2007 or later). We also accept .pdf files, but these need to be created from .docx files. We will not be able to make edits to .pdf files and they will be printed as-is.

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What are "typesetting services"?

"Typesetting services" simply means taking your manuscript (e.g. Microsoft Word document) and putting it into a design so that it has a professional appearance. By using our typesetting services, it allows you to spend more time on the content and less time on the formatting.

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Can a custom manual be re-paginated?

Yes and no. Because our lab manuals often make page references within the text, re-pagination would make these references incorrect. For this reason, we don't repaginate the original pages. However, if the pagination of a lab manual requires it, we add a secondary, sequential pagination in addition to the original pagination to help students more easily navigate the custom manual.

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Do you offer royalties?

We can offer a royalty on original instructor-created material. Adding a royalty will increase the price of the book. We cannot offer royalties on Morton-supplied material (lab content or images).

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What about permissions for copyrighted material?

We do not request permissions for third party content. In order for us to print your custom manual, it must be free of any third party content or you must secure written permission for any third party content, such as images taken from Wikipedia, or content taken from other copyrighted material. Please see our Copyright FAQ page here for more information.

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What kind of paper will the manual be printed on?

The paper will be a high-quality matte (non-glossy) paper. 

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