A certain popular publishing company won't send a textbook to my home, for a course I'm teaching this Fall; It's a new edition for this year. I understand they have policies, but I was expecting some kind of favor during the COVID business. It isn't easy to get the textbook if it's shipped to the campus right now, because the college is completely locked down. Has anyone found ways to convince publishers to send them out to home addresses?
Just say “thanks for your help, and mention an equivalent from a different publisher”... also drop in how many copies you would need :)... they need sales and work hard to get them.
Also consider contacting their boss by email, saying you wanted to consider their book but you crossed them off as you can’t inspect the book.