Frequently Asked Questions

At Holloway we sell books you can read online. What we’re known for is publishing useful and beautifully crafted books digitally, on the web. We also offer downloadable PDF and some titles in print. This covers the most common questions about purchasing or reading Holloway titles.

General Questions

  • What exactly am I buying?

    Every title sold on is a one-time purchase for full digital access. That means you get lifetime access online for that title on the web, using the Holloway Reader. That also includes future updates from the author or editors. Finally, you get a PDF download for offline use.

  • What is the Holloway Reader?

    The Holloway Reader lets you read and engage with books bought on Holloway. It is the most advanced reading experience for books on the web—you use it right in your browser, on desktop or mobile.

    In contrast to ebooks and paper books, online content in the Holloway Reader is always up to date, including updates when changes to the content are made, like responses to reader questions, new data, or new developments. It includes expert commentary in the margins and offers bookmarks and highlights, instant definitions of technical terms from a glossary, instant previews of links and footnotes, and a powerful search capability only available on Holloway titles—and we have a lot more on the way.

  • Do you sell print books?

    For a few titles, yes, you can buy paperback editions directly on Amazon. We believe the web is the most flexible interface for reading—but we know it won’t replace the satisfaction or practicality of print for some people. Current paperback and hardcover titles include Art for Money: Up Your Freelance Game and Get Paid What You’re Worth, Ask Me This Instead, The Holloway Guide to Technical Recruiting and Hiring, and Angel Investing: Start to Finish and more are on the way. (Stay on our mailing list to get notified when new ones are out!)

  • Can I get a Holloway title as a download?

    Yes. A majority of our readers take advantage of the Holloway Reader because of its power and convenience, but you have other options as well.

    If you buy a title, you get a PDF that you can download and keep to use on any of your own devices—or even print it if that’s your thing. If you care about design, you’ll be pleased that it’s formatted using the same quality of typography you’ll find in books. (Just please don’t share or republish downloads.*)

  • Do I have to be online to read?

    To access the Holloway Reader, you need a connected browser. It works for desktop and mobile (iOS and Android) browsers.

    If you’ll be offline to read, you can save and use the PDF download on your device or laptop. PDFs also work on Kindle.

  • Are there any discounts?

    Before a book is released, it may be available for pre-order. By pre-ordering a title, you’re supporting us and our authors in their work. Pre-ordering also gets you early access to authors, a discount, and other perks. We also offer student discounts to individuals with a valid .edu email address.*

    And stay on our mailing list! We send updates about our titles, as well as seasonal discounts and other special deals.

  • I have more questions!

    Don’t we all. We’d love to hear from you at

Downloads and Formats

  • Where do I get the PDF download?

    These are available in the Download section of My Bookshelf, which you can find in your profile menu.*

  • Does the PDF download contain the same as what I read online?

    Mostly, yes! We do our best to make a beautiful and readable PDF. Technical constraints however mean a PDF may not include every resource that appears in the web version, and large tables or infographics may be simplified or omitted. Also, downloads are recent but may not be as current as the web version. You can find a version indicator like e1.1.0 on the web and in your PDF if you wish to know what version you’re reading.

  • Can I read on Kindle?

    Yes. The PDF download does work on Kindle. We suggest you download and use the Send to Kindle apps from Amazon to send the file to your Kindle app or device.

  • Are other formats available?

    EPUB is available on some titles, and paid customers get future formats as they become available. If you want a specific format, do let us know!

The Holloway Reader

  • Can I share my account?

    No, each account is for personal access only. But if you buy a title, you can share any chapters or sections with anyone for free.

  • Can I share content from a book I’m reading online?

    Yes! We know that part of the experience of reading is discovery. Each chapter or section of a book is also on its own URL. In the Reader you can share these sections or chapters with anyone for free—they can read portions (they only pay for full access to the whole thing if desired). Plus, this means anyone can search for parts of a book in Google search and find or share those pages.

  • How do I create an account and log in? Can I log in with a username and password?

    You create an account and log in via Google (personal or work account), Twitter, or GitHub. We require an account on at least one of those three platforms, and you don’t need to remember a new password. (If you use the same email address on two different platforms, you can log in with either one. If you have different emails on different platforms, we suggest you pick one to use consistently.)

  • Can I adjust the fonts or font sizes?

    Not in the app currently. But you can control this in your browser! On desktop, we suggest using your browser’s font size setting. On mobile, it’s the same process. In iOS Safari, look for the font size icons in the URL bar.

  • Is there a mobile app?

    Not yet. For offline access on your phone, we offer a downloadable PDF you can load into Kindle or other apps. We will soon offer EPUB and other formats as well.

  • Can I use commenting features on mobile?

    Not yet. We support highlights but not comments and suggestions on mobile web.

Gifts and Team Access

  • Can I buy a Holloway title as a gift for one or more people?

    Yes! You can purchase and instantly share lifetime digital access for any title in the catalog. You can do this for a friend or a small group by selecting the number of invites you want to purchase during checkout. You’ll get an invite link in an email that you can share with the recipients. You’ll also get a receipt, which you can expense if it’s a business purchase.

    Print books can be purchased as gifts using Amazon.

  • Can I buy a Holloway title for my team?

    Yes! If the team is small, it’s just like a gift for few people, above. For example, if you purchase for 5 invites, you can forward the invite link or invitation email to the 5 people on your team.

    We also offer additional options for team access for companies, groups, and classes. Use the team access form (just 3 questions) to set this up and get full pricing information or contact

  • I want people in my team/group/class to have access but I am not sure how many people are interested.

    No problem. Just use the form to tell us the maximum number of people you’re going to want access for. You’ll get a link you can share with your group and we will invoice you at the end of the month for the actual number of people who’ve used a copy. We’ll also apply volume discounts.

  • How do I know the recipients got it?

    You can see all your invites under Gift and Team Access, available in your profile menu when logged in.

  • Do print versions have the same version of the book as I get when buying on Holloway?

    Mostly, yes! We put a lot of care into making a quality paperback edition that a book lover will appreciate. But paper has other constraints; print versions may not include resources like infographics or large tables that only work online. And importantly, books on Holloway are often updated or improved, and the Holloway Reader always provides the most up-to-date version. A purchase includes future updates!

    You can always find a version indicator like e1.1.0 on any book to be sure you know what version you’re looking at. Because of the process involved, print can lag a few months behind the digital version.

  • If I buy print, can I get a discount on digital access?

    Yes. Buy the print copy from Amazon, and you’ll find a page in the front of the book with a link and instructions.

  • If I buy digital access, can I get a discount on the print edition?

    Often but not always, because we don’t have full control of prices on Amazon.

    We publish digital before print. If a title is new and not yet in print, we suggest you buy digital. We will then email you about a week before it’s generally available on Amazon in paperback and you’ll have a chance to buy it early and at a discount (over 50% off).

    If a title is in print on Amazon and you want both print and digital, we recommend you buy the paperback on Amazon, and it will contain a page with a link to get discounted access on digital.

    If you’ve already bought digital and later want print, sadly Amazon does not give us a way to provide that discount. Contact us and we’d be glad to give you a discount on a future digital title.

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