Products

Q: Do you have student reps at the schools where your products are sold? We do not have student reps, which are regulated on most campuses. All our study materials are available on our website or at the bookstores of some of the naturopathic programs. Q: Do you do group orders? My classmates and I want to order a large number of study materials or textbooks.WBP does not do group orders of study materials. Why? First, medical school programs generally have constraints about the gathering of personal and financial information about their students, as well as constraints on financial transactions that occur on campus.

Second, it is time-consuming and stressful for the student who organizes the group order -- far more than they could ever anticipate. Unless the individual is organized, detailed oriented, and has extra time on their hands, the potential for an unpleasant experience is significant.

Finally, the expense of packing, organizing, and shipping a group order, in addition to logistical headaches like finding an address where a large, expensive order worth hundreds of dollars can be safely shipped, make group orders unprofitable for us.

The only author that is allowing group orders of their textbook(s) is Dr. Yarnell. Please contact him if you are interested in pursuing this further.
Q: Can you give me approximate shipping times for your products? Fedex Shipping Times (APPROXIMATE)

USA
Pacific Northwest - 1-2 business days Mountain (including Arizona) – 3-5 business days Central – 4-6 days Eastern – 6-8 days

CANADA
Pacific – 3-4 business days Mountain – 4-5 business days Central – 5-6 Business days Eastern – 6-8 business days Atlantic – 8-10 business days

OUTSIDE THE CONTINENTAL US AND CANADA
Please contact Wild Brilliance Press for shipping times and shipping costs.

Study Materials

Q: When does the WBP annual pre-order sale happen? The annual pre-order sale is the period of time when WBP provides our printed study materials to our customers at a discounted price. Our subscriptions are typically not discounted. The timing and length of time we offer this opportunity changes from year to year but it typically occurs in March. We also do a sale in partnership with the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA), typically in May. Please note that this is a pre-order sale, which means the study materials could still be in production when the sale starts. The turnaround time for printing our manuals can be as long as two weeks, so in this rare instance shipping to you may be delayed. This is the reason the study materials are discounted. If this doesn't work for you, please wait a month and order at the end of April, when the orders will ship out more quickly. You will pay full retail at that time, however. Q: Does the content of the manuals and flashcards change from year to year? Are the updates extensive? This is a very good and important question.

Updating the printed study materials is a very expensive and time consuming process. The manuscripts have to go through an extensive editorial process, after which they are re-typeset and reviewed by the printer. Clearly it is not in the best interest of the publisher to do this unless they can recoup their costs through sales of their product.

On the other hand, our customers have told us they would like the study materials updated annually and extensively. Finding a balance between these two important considerations is quite difficult. In talking to the former staff of Healing Mountain Publishing (HMP), this is a key area they wished they had done a better job working with.

WBP has a different orientation than HMP did. It sees its future primarily in the digital area, since that is where education and exam preparation is going. Like integrative health care, however, it sees value in both the contemporary and traditional publishing models.

For these reasons, the content of the printed study materials change as the content of the NPLEX blueprints and the demands of exam preparation change. WBP has no control over the content or changes to the NPLEX blueprint and therefore we cannot predict from year to year how much change will occur within any particular manual or flashcard set.

As to the extensiveness of the updates, there is no way for us to determine what is essentially a personal and subjective assessment. It is up to each individual student to decide how significant that update is relative to his or her study needs.
Q: When do the new WBP study materials come out every year?The new study materials typically come out in March.Q: Will the WBP study materials cover everything I need to know on the NPLEX board examinations? The short answer is: no. The longer answer is that no reputable publisher would claim that they can provide everything necessary to address a major board examination. As with all board examination agencies, NPLEX/NABNE is continually upgrading and evaluating the naturopathic board examinations. For this reason, there is no way for us to anticipate what will be on the examinations during any given year. Q: How do Wild Brilliance Press materials differ from the NPLEX/NABNE blueprint?The NPLEX/NABNE blueprint is a listing of all possible topics that can be on the NPLEX/NABNE board examinations. WBP study materials "flesh out" the blueprint by providing information about these possible topics. Please note that WBP does not guarantee that every question/topic on the board examinations will be in the study materials. We make an educated guess based on historical evidence and the current blueprint, but sometimes non-obvious materials are added to the boards that we could not have anticipated.Q: Not to be rude, but how do you justify the prices of your printed study materials?Our printed study materials were originally sourced from Healing Mountain Publishing (HMP). Despite what some considered to be high prices, HMP was unable to sustain operations due to rising costs in labor, shipping, fulfillment, and printing. Their inability to balance customer satisfaction with financial realities ultimately led to their closure.

Unlike large corporate publishers such as Thieme and Elsevier, we do not benefit from economies of scale. Serving a specialized market of around 1,000 naturopathic students annually means our print runs are smaller and thus more costly per unit. This niche market, with limited disposable income, poses unique challenges.

Our business model at WBP is different from HMP. While we recognize the demand for print-based study materials, we are not wholly dependent on them. Our focus remains on delivering high-quality content tailored for NPLEX board exam success, created through the collaborative effort of authors, editors, and graphic designers.

We aim to avoid the pitfalls that led to HMP's closure. To ensure sustainability, our pricing is closer to the true cost of production, including fair compensation for everyone involved in creating these invaluable resources. We are a small team of two dedicated colleagues committed to advancing naturopathic education. Our goal is not to amass wealth but to provide a sustainable resource for students.

The future of print study materials for naturopathic students rests in your hands. If there is sufficient demand, we will continue to produce them. If not, they will cease to exist, as was the case with HMP. This is the reality of the publishing industry and business at large.

We thank you for your understanding and support. Your choice to invest in these materials directly impacts their availability and helps us continue to serve the naturopathic student community effectively.
Q: How do your study manuals align with NPLEX/NABNE blueprints for the board exams that are released annually? Excellent question.

We should mention that we are not affiliated with NPLEX/NABNE, nor is the information we provide in our study manuals sanctioned or approved by them.

The NPLEX/NABNE blueprints are typically published each year, typically in May. Logistically, the process of hiring staff, editing, typesetting, and getting the study manuals ready for print takes approximately eight months. If you do the math, you can see that it is impossible to both wait for the newest NPLEX/NABNE blueprint to be released and to have the study materials available for spring quarter, when many students want to start preparing for the board exams. Therefore, our study materials are keyed to the previous year’s blueprint.

Since NPLEX/NABNE typically changes the blueprint every year, there will be discrepancies between what we can provide to our customers and what is included in the blueprint. Because WBP has no control over when changes to the NPLEX/NABNE blueprint will occur or when it is released, we cannot guarantee that our materials will cover every aspect of NPLEX/NABNE blueprint material. Further, the blueprint is a high-level overview of what could be on the boards. No company can guarantee that their materials will cover every aspect of what might be on the board exams.

Subscriptions

Q: What if I am not happy with my subscription? Sadly, this area was taken advantage of, so we are no longer able to process refunds for subscriptions as per our posted Refund Policy. Q: Is any of the content in the subscription area downloadable? Because of the realities of piracy and the impact that would have on our business, we sadly cannot provide downloadable content at this time.

One of our authors actually had an experience where one person shared a digital copy of her manual without her knowledge or consent. The shared copy then was passed around and, within a year, it had been widely disseminated. Our author basically had to start from scratch, because a retail version of her work was no longer possible. This meant that many, many hours of work and the income stream it would have provided was lost.

Perhaps the saddest aspect of this incident was that the person who pirated her work was a colleague.
Q: I would like the option of picking and choosing which digital resources I subscribe to. For example, I would like to access the Clinical Botanical Medicine text and the NPLEX I material, but not the Dr. Journal Club or the NPLEX II Material. Is that possible? In order to provide the best quality control we could at this phase of our development, we constrained the subscription packages to ones available on our website. By doing so, it is easier for our developers to troubleshoot any problems.

We certainly would like to provide an "a la carte" experience for our customers. The programming fees to do that, however, would cost several hundreds of dollars. If the subscriptions are successful, and can support the additional programming costs, we hope to be able to offer this option in the future.
Q: Is the information contained in the subscription packages available to me at any time during the subscription period, or is it released on a time table (for example, every week or month)? The totality of the subscription information is accessible during the period of the subscription. It is not "metered out" as it is on some platforms.

We are continuing to add new content to the subscription packages as well as improving the experience of accessing it.
Q: Do you suggest I purchase my subscription early or wait until the year I take the board exams? NPLEX/NABNE is continually making changes to the board exams. For that reason, we would suggest you wait until the year you will be doing the board exams to purchase your manuals and subscriptions. The flashcards, however, can be helpful at any time.