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Pre-Publication Order Information for An Introduction to ESOPs, 17th Ed.

Deadline: October 23 (books will ship in early December)

Ever since it was released in 1995, An Introduction to ESOPs has been our most popular publication. It explains the rules, uses, benefits, and other aspects of employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs). Service providers often buy it in quantity to give to contacts who may be considering an ESOP, decision-makers at ESOP companies, board members, etc. Companies buy them and give them to ESOP committees, managers, board members, or even every employee. We periodically give our members the opportunity to order it in bulk, often with a customized cover, before we go to press. We are doing that now for the 17th edition (pictured at above right), which will go to press at the end of October. Only NCEO members can preorder this; if you want to do so but aren't a member, then join first.

Pre-Publication Offer

If you order by Monday, October 23, you can preorder the 17th edition as follows:

For details on the 17th edition and on customizing your cover, see below.

How to order

Contact Scott Rodrick at srodrick@nceo.org or 510-208-1315 by October 23 (but preferably at least a week before then).

Need fewer than 100, or need some immediately?

You can always order any quantity (subject to our $10 minimum order rule) of the current edition without a customized cover. Just order from our Web site or call us at 510-208-1300.

About the 17th Edition

An Introduction to ESOPs has evolved over the years from a stapled booklet to a short perfect-bound book. In recent years, it has added full chapters on S corporation issues and on valuation in addition to various updates and additions to the rest of the text, plus an index. It is 6 x 9 inches in size and 60 pages long. The 17th edition updates the existing material as of 2017 and adds more detail to explanations of issues such as seller financing, yearly allocations to employees, and the S corporation rules.

Excerpts from the 17th Edition

For a PDF of the entire cover, click here.

For a PDF of the table of contents and the first page of chapters 1 through 4, click here.

Customizing Your Cover

Please note: We must go through the entire process of obtaining your logo, producing a PDF of a proposed cover, and obtaining your approval before the order deadline of October 23, so if you want a custom cover, please contact us as soon as possible.

You have the option of having your name, logo, etc., printed in the empty white space on the front cover. Your information (text and/or logo) will appear under the heading Compliments of. The cover is printed in full color (CMYK), so your information can be in full color. If you retain the photo of the crowd of employees, the maximum area your information can take up is about 1.25 inches high by 4.7 inches wide. If you choose to occupy the entire bottom of the cover by removing the photo of the crowd of employees, the maximum area increases to about 3 inches high by 4.7 inches wide.

If you want your logo printed on the cover, you must provide the logo (1) as a separate file (not placed in a Word document or pasted into an email, for example) and (2) in high resolution, suitable for printing (not a logo taken from your Web site, for example). Preferably, it will be a CMYK AI (Illustrator) or EPS file, (or a CMYK TIFF in certain situations). If a designer is creating or saving such a file for this purpose, tell them that we use Illustrator CS6 and Photoshop CS6, and it would be nice to get it in a format we can open with those programs. Any AI or EPS file must have all text converted to curves/outlines.

If you get a customized cover, we will email you a PDF of how it looks, and we will not go to press until you are satisfied with the cover and have emailed your approval.

Custom cover quantities may vary slightly: The printing plant will print a few extra books because some may get chewed up as they go through the printing and binding process, so if you order, e.g., 300 cutomized books, then a few less (e.g., 297) or more (e.g., 303) may actually get through the printing process and be sent to you. I will bill you for whatever the exact quantity is.