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Q. Is ordering online secure?
A. Yes. We take the utmost care with the information that you provide us when placing an order on our website (or through any other means). The server that hosts our bookstore encrypts the transmission of all credit card and personal customer information using the Internet-standard SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) protocol. During the encryption process, information is scrambled into small bits of code that cannot be read as they travel to us over the Internet. Once we receive the encrypted information, we use a private, one-of-a-kind key to decode it.

All of the information you provide during the ordering process is restricted to our staff, and we make sure that all of our employees up-to-date on our security and privacy policies.

Q. How do I place my order?
A. Once you have finished adding items to your shopping cart and are ready to complete your transaction, move your cursor to the lower-right corner of the screen and click on the “Checkout” button. You will then be transferred to our secure server and asked to either create a new account or place an order without an account.

Q. How do I remove items from my cart?
A. First, click on the “View cart” link in the upper-right corner of your computer screen. This will allow you to view all items currently in your cart. Once you have identified the item that you would like to delete, click on the “Remove” check box to the left of the item description and then click “Update cart” in the lower-right corner to have your changes reflected.

Q. How do I change the quantity of a particular item in my cart?
A. First, click on the “View cart” link in the upper-right corner of your computer screen. This will allow you to view all items currently in your cart, as well as the quantities that you have chosen for each item. To change the quantity of an item in your cart, move your cursor to the box that appears under the “Qty” header for this item and type in the quantity desired, then click the “Update cart” link. Once you do this, the quantity and associated dollar amount (if applicable) will automatically change and reflect the correct amounts for both the quantity and the cost.

Q. How can I sign into my account on the bookstore and/or edit the information in my account?
A. If you have previously purchased or downloaded a Worldwatch publication or made an online donation to the Institute, then you may have opted to create a personal account in our system. If so, you can access this account by clicking on the “Log In” link in the upper-right corner of your computer screen. This takes you to a page where you will be prompted to enter the e-mail address and password that you registered with us when you created the account. If you have forgotten your password, you can create a new one by click on the “Request new password” tab. After your data has been verified, your account data will appear and you can either edit existing information or proceed with the checkout process.

Q. What if I need to change my address or suspend delivery of my subscription?

A. Please write, e-mail, or phone our Customer Service department with your changes at least two weeks before you move. In your correspondence, include your old address, new address, as well as any special instructions you might have regarding suspending delivery of your subscription. To contact us, please see our customer service information at the top of this page.

Q. What if I have received a defective book?
A. Defective books (e.g., items delivered with ripped or missing pages, a torn cover, or other damage) may be returned for a replacement or full credit. They must be reported and returned within 30 days of the invoice date. To report a defective book, please contact our Customer Service department using the information provided at the top of this page. Damaged books are recycled by our warehosue and are not available for sale or pick-up.