The University Library, which houses many UC Press textbooks (Photo by Bernt Rostad)

The University of California Press is a publishing company that is closely associated with the University of California in Berkeley, California. It is housed at 2120 Berkeley Way. The press was originally established in 1893. It publishes roughly 180 new academic books and about 50 journals on an annual basis. Only about a third of the authors who are affiliated with the press are actually employed on the faculty at the University of California. This number demonstrates how many authors on a global scale have their texts published by the press.

The press currently publishes academic materials on the following topics: art, classical studies, history, literature, music, natural sciences, religion, and sociology. To keep up with technological advancements, the press created the Journals and Digital Publishing Division. This division produces over 50 print and online publications and is considered one of the largest electronic divisions among all university presses in the U.S.

The following textbooks were published by the University of California Press:

The Adventures of Ibn Battuta: A Muslim Traveler of the Fourteenth Century by Ross E. Dunn (1989)

This Ain’t the Summer of Love: Conflict and Crossover in Heavy Metal and Punk (Roth Family Foundation Music in America Imprint) by Steve Waksman (2009)

Indians in the Making: Ethnic Relations and Indian Identities around Puget Sound (American Crossroads) by Alexandra Harmon (1999)

The Atlas of Climate Change: Mapping the World’s Greatest Challenge, Revised and Updated (Atlas Of… (University of California Press)) by Kirstin Dow and Thomas E. Downing (2007)

Principles of Group Solidarity (California Series on Social Choice and Political Economy) by Michael Hechter (1988)

Many of these books are used in college and university courses around the United States, and perhaps even around the world. If you pull up your textbook list and notice that one of these textbooks is on it, be sure to click over to to compare prices on them. You can obviously check your local textbook outlet in your area, but it’s always a good idea to shop around and see where you can get the best deals on your books because of how expensive they can be if you buy them brand new.