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Princeton University Press is a publishing company that is considered independent today but is still closely affiliated with Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. It was originally established in 1905 by Whitney Darrow as a printing press for the university community. Since that year, it has expanded into one of the larger university presses in the United States and produces a number of highly-regarded college textbooks, scholarly journals, and other academic materials.

The first book produced by Princeton University Press was called Lectures on Moral Philosophy by John Witherspoon. It was printed in 1912 and was considered a major philosophy textbook at the time with a number of innovative ideas. It is 184 pages and is still available today.

The press has published a variety of series over the years. These include the Princeton Mathematical Series, the Princeton Series in Complexity, the Princeton Series in Evolutionary Biology, and the Princeton Series in Economics. These series include a number of textbooks on various subjects, demonstrating how broad Princeton University Press’ reach is in terms of the number of academic majors and courses that require its materials.

The following college textbooks were published by Princeton University Press:

The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle over American History, by Jill Lepore (2010)

Philosophy and the Mirror of Nature by Richard Rorty (1979)

QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard Feynman (1985)

Military Power: Explaining Victory and Defeat in Modern Battle by Stephen Biddle (2004)

Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life (Princeton Studies in Complexity) by John H. Miller and Scott E. Page (2007)

The Source of the River: The Social Origins of Freshmen at America’s Selective Colleges and Universities by Douglas S. Massey, Camille Z. Charles, Garvey Lundy, and Mary J. Fischer (2006)

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In addition to its large number of print materials, Princeton University Press has produced a number of e-books. These include digital copies of books that are already in print as well as digital-only books. Some of these e-books are on American history, British literature, political science, physics, and Jewish studies. Many bookstores offer free e-books to students, so check with your local or online college bookstore to see if any of these are available.