Buying PDF downloads

We now offer some titles to purchase as PDF downloads – buying a PDF means you can save money and be able to download and read your book as soon as you have paid. Please read on for FAQs and terms and conditions – alternatively, if you have any other queries please call us on +44 (0)20 7749 4748 or use our contact form.

Frequently asked questions

PDF stands for Portable Document Format – it is an electronic version of the print edition that you can view on your computer. To view the PDF files, you will need the free Adobe Reader software, which you can download here.

How do I order a PDF download?

Browse the site as normal – in each individual book page, the available editions are shown in the centre of the page If ‘Download edition’ is shown, then just add it to your basket as you would a normal print edition. Please note that we cannot process orders containing a combination of downloadable and standard print editions.

How long does it take to gain access to my PDF?

If you pay online by credit card, you will be able to access your PDF immediately, as below. If you choose to pay via cheque or bank transfer, we will enable access to your PDF once we receive payment.

How do I receive my PDF?

When you have paid for your order you then need to go to show my downloads in your my account page where you will be able to download your title. The downloads will remain in your account until the expiry date has past (one month from receipt of payment). The PDF files you download do not expire themselves – you can continue to use them for as long as you like – but the ability to download them will expire.

Note that most of our PDF downloads are password-protected. In the show my downloads area of your account page, the password is shown next to each download link.

Can I print the PDF?

Yes, you are allowed to print the PDF for your own personal use. However, you are not allowed to distribute multiple printed copies – if you would like to do so, please contact Angela Spall on +44 (0)20 7749 4748 for information on obtaining a site license.

Can I distribute the PDF to my colleagues?

As above, the PDF document is licensed for your own personal use and should not be distributed. Of course, if you have a printed copy of the PDF you may share this with your colleagues as you would a normal printed edition, as long as only one copy exists at any one time.

Can I buy a site license?

Yes, please contact Angela Spall for information on +44 (0)20 7749 4748 regarding site licenses.

What if I lose the PDF document?

You will be able to download your PDF document until a month after payment of your invoice by logging into your account and clicking Show my downloads. If you mislay your PDF after this date please call us on +44 (0)20 7749 4748 and we will endeavour to rectify this.

A book I am interested in is not available as a PDF.

We do not offer our hardback and paperback books as PDF downloads, but please let us know if you are interested as we may review this in the future.

The shopping basket page tells me that I cannot buy download and printed editions together.

Because our PDF downloads and printed editions are fulfilled by different facilities, we are afraid that we cannot offer a combination within the same order. Please order separately; we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Terms and conditions

By purchasing PDF download(s) from this site, you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • Each PDF you download is licensed to you and may not be distributed to others.
  • Only one printed copy of each PDF you download may exist at any one time.
  • Your account password is for you alone and must not be distributed throughout your organsation or to personal contacts. Only you as an individual can download PDFs from your Thorogood account.
  • You may not extract (or attempt to extract) text, images or any other content from the PDF for any use whatsoever.
  • Any PDF you download may not be uploaded onto any other site whether an organisation Intranet or social networking site.