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We’re your brilliant, book-smart best friend, and we’re here to help you ace that test, transform that paper into pure gold, and understand even the most intricately-plotted Shakespeare plays. (Titus Andronicus, meet your match.)

Need help deciphering Shakespeare’s prose? We translated all of his plays into modern-day dialogue for you, and decoded obscure Elizabethan slang, so you’ll know what your friends mean when they call you a bull’s-pizzle. (Hint: nothing nice.).

Not sure how to identify the themes in The Great Gatsby or the symbols in Of Mice and Men? Check out our classic literature guides, and you’ll soon be waxing poetic about the decline of the American Dream and the meaning behind Lennie’s puppy.

We’ve got easy-to-understand guides for hundreds of books and subjects. Our comprehensive literature content provides in-depth analysis of novels, plays, and poems, unpacking everything from context and characters to motifs and metaphors. We take away the stress of homework and test prep, and give you the tools to read, analyze, and write about the classics like a pro.

Using SparkNotes

What are SparkNotes?

We think that SparkNotes are an excellent way to supplement your understanding of great works of literature, which can often be extremely confusing. Teachers tell us that they use SparkNotes in their classrooms for this purpose, as well as in conjunction with longer books that they do not have time to teach in their entirety.

SparkNotes are meant to help you understand literature—not as a substitute for it.

Reading a SparkNote instead of reading a book is misusing a SparkNote. Those of us who write SparkNotes love the books that we write about, and we want you to read them as well!

We believe that the content of SparkNotes reflects this philosophy—our analysis sections are detailed and longer than our summaries, and the supplementary sections, such as "Character Analysis" and "Themes, Motifs, and Symbols" are scholarly secondary material that can be invaluable when developing paper ideas or writing papers.

Can I use your site for my class? Can I use your content in a paper?
Yes, but you must cite your references to SparkNotes in the same way that you would cite your references to any books. Everything in a SparkNote—from the chapter summaries, to the analysis of themes, to the sample essays—is copyrighted, and using or copying that content without crediting SparkNotes as the source is not only plagiarism, but is also illegal.

Who writes SparkNotes?

The writers of SparkNotes are professors and graduate students who specialize in the subjects and books they cover. Their enthusiasm and expertise about literature ensure that we’re providing you with the best content possible.

How do I cite a SparkNote?

When you open a SparkNote, scroll down to the very bottom of the Table of Contents. Under the heading Writing Help, you’ll see a sub-heading that says How to Cite This SparkNote. Clicking that link will take you to this page which provides you with instructions on how to properly cite our content.

Note that when citing a SparkNote’s author, it’s most accurate to credit “SparkNotes Editors” instead of a single name, since the guide may have been created through a collaboration between several writers.

Why don't you put page numbers with quotations in SparkNotes?

Many of our SparkNotes are about books that exist in several different editions, each of which have different ways of numbering pages. What may be on page 27 of your book would be on page 34 of someone else's! We do cite passages from works of drama with act and scene numbers, however.

Can I link to SparkNotes pages?

You may link to any HTML page on SparkNotes.com, but you may not replicate or use our material on your site, blog, or any other public forum.

Can I use the content on a SparkNotes page on my site?

You cannot copy content directly onto a page, but you are welcome to link to the appropriate SparkNotes page.

I want a SparkNote on ___ and I want it in one hour!

Writing a SparkNote is a labor of love that takes several months, so unfortunately we can’t whip one up at a moment’s notice. But you can write us at contribute@sparknotes.com to let us know which books you'd like to see SparkNotes for, and our editorial team may consider your request in the future!

When will new notes or charts be available? Why don't you have a printable version of the note or chart I need?

We no longer offer downloadable/printable PDFs of SparkNotes or SparkCharts. However, you can head to BN.com to browse and purchase anything from our collection!

SparkNotes PLUS

About SparkNotes Plus

What is SparkNotes Plus and why is it awesome? 

SparkNotes Plus is a brand new subscription plan designed to help you ace your English homework, your in-class essays, your AP Lit exam, and everything in between. When you sign up for SparkNotes Plus, you’ll get exclusive access to awesome features only available to subscribers, like interactive flashcards, in-depth mastery quizzes, AP Test Prep, and much more. Oh, and when you’re signed into your Plus account, every single page on SparkNotes will be 100% ad-free! 

What’s included with SN Plus?  

With your SparkNotes Plus subscription, you’ll be able to use the entire site completely ad-free, and you’ll have exclusive access to these grade-boosting study tools… 

What does SparkNotes Plus cost?  

The monthly plan is $4.99/month plus tax, and the annual plan is $24.99/year plus tax (yep, you’ll save 50% if you choose the annual plan!). If you’d like to cancel, please do so before your subscription automatically renews so that you won’t be charged for the next cycle.  

Why isn’t it free?  

SparkNotes Plus subscribers not only get access to tons of new, exclusive content, they also get a completely ad-free experience, which means you’ll never be distracted by ads while you’re trying to study. If you use SparkNotes without a subscription, you’ll always have ads on your screen. 

Do you offer a free trial?  

We offer a 7-day free trial so that you can explore all of the great features SparkNotes Plus has to offer! Click here to start your free trial now.  

Can I see any of the features without signing up? 

If you’re not a SparkNotes Plus subscriber, you’ll be able to see sneak peeks of our No Fear Shakespeare and Literature translations, and you’ll also be able to listen to an audio sample for titles that have audio. You can also preview our graphic novels. 

Where in the world is SparkNotes Plus available? 

SparkNotes Plus is currently available in the following countries: 

- The United States
- Canada
- India
- Australia
- The Philippines
- South Africa
- Pakistan

We plan on expanding SparkNotes Plus to more countries soon!

 

Payments and Subscriptions

What payment types can I use? 

You can use any of the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, AmEx, Discover, JCB, or Diners Club. 

How can I change my payment type? 

To change your payment type you can go to “My Account” and select “Subscription and Billing.” There you will see the option to update your card. 

How do I change my plan? 

To change your SparkNotes Plus plan go to “My Account” and select “Subscription and Billing.” There you will see the option to change your plan. 

Your new plan will begin once your current subscription runs out.  

How do I cancel my plan? 

To cancel your SparkNotes Plus plan go to “My Account” and select “Subscription and Billing.” At the bottom of your screen you will see the option to “Cancel Subscription.” 

Another way to cancel your subscription is to go to “My Account,” then “Subscription and Billing,” and turn off the “Auto Renew” option. Your subscription will end at the end of your current billing cycle. You can use your account until plan expires. 

How do I renew my plan? 

Your plan will automatically renew, but you can turn “Auto renew” off if you go to “My Account” and select “Subscription and Billing.” There you will see the option to switch to auto-renew. 

How do I restart my plan if I’ve let it expire? 

You can still sign in with your SparkNotes Plus account and go to “My Account”, then to “Subscription and Billing.” There you can renew an expired account by clicking the “Renew Subscription” button. 

How do I remove my card on file? 

If you have canceled your subscription and do not plan to renew, you can also remove the credit card you signed up with from your account. Go to “My Account”, then “Subscription and Billing” and choose “Remove card.” 

If you have not cancelled your subscription you will not be able to remove your card on file. 

 

My Account

I forgot my password. How can I reset it? 

To reset your password first go to the sign-in screen and select “Forgot password”. When prompted, enter the email address that you signed up with.  

You will receive an email with a link that will allow you to set a new password. 

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To change the email that is associated with your account go to “My Account”, then “Account Details.” There you will be able to make changes to your email.  

How do I change my password? 

To change your password go to “My Account” then “Account details.” There you will be able to enter a new password.  

Remember your password must: 

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I cannot log in to my account. What should I do? 

You can always reach our customer support team at custserve@bn.com

How do I remove my account from your database? 

In our site footer you will find a link titled “Do Not Sell My Personal Information” which will take you to our Data Rights Request page. You can also access it here. 

Complete the form. Under “Tell us about your request” for “What do you want to do?” please choose “Delete my data”.  

 

Ordering SparkNotes Products

Where can I buy your books?

SparkNotes products are sold at Barnes & Noble and other retail outlets. You can see our Barnes & Noble collection here .

How can I contact customer service?

You can write to us directly at custserv@bn.com—we’d love to hear your feedback!

I contacted customer service. When can I expect a response?
We manage Customer Service through an automated, online system that routes and tracks your problems to the correct person to handle your situation. You can expect an email response from us within 5 business days. We will do everything we can to resolve your issue. We do not offer Customer Service by telephone.

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