A University Press Fiction Success Story

I joined the New York Public Library's Young Lions program in 2003, and since then have occasionally notified AAUP members about their prestigious fiction award. The particular set of qualifications, however, can be a tall order for university press publishers to meet. Which is why, when I read the list of the five finalists for 2008 on the ceremony invitation, I was pleasantly surprised to see a university press book represented for the very first time. Full article >


Eco-Friendly Book Printing

Harvard University Press and Maple-Vail Join Forces for Debut of Eco-Friendly Printing Process The Dismal Science, by Stephen Marglin, became the first book published using the new THINKTech™ printing process on June 18. The debut printing was the result of a collaboration between Harvard University Press and Maple-Vail Book Manufacturing Group. Described by Harvard University Press's Assistant Director for Design and Production, John Walsh, as "one of the biggest things I've ever heard of in the printing world in terms of eco-friendliness," the new technology dramatically reduces the emission of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) and eliminates the use of natural-gas-fed ovens. Full article >


Report from Frankfurt

Virtually all of my time at the 2008 Frankfurt Book Fair was spent in meetings of other publishing associations, so I didn't spend much time on the floor of Hall 8, the main exhibition hall for U.S., Canadian, U.K. and Israeli publishers, and my impressions of the mood and pace of the rights business being transacted this year are frankly impressionistic and spotty. Certainly the nose dive in the markets was on everyone's mind. Some thought business was slower, while others seemed to think it was more-or-less business as usual, with one Director telling me his biggest problem was that he couldn't compete for the good stuff. Full article >


Settlement Announced in Google Lawsuit

On October 28, 2008, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), the Authors Guild (AG), and Google announced a settlement resolving the lawsuits filed by publishers and authors in 2005. If approved, the agreement may expand online access to in-copyright books and other written materials digitized from U.S. library collections participating in Google Book Search, while recognizing and recompensing copyright holders. Full article >


Fair Copyright in Research Works Act

U.S. Representatives Conyers, Issa, and Feeny introduced the Fair Copyright in Research Works Act, HR 6845, on September 9, 2008. AAUP sent a letter in support of the bill to its sponsors and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. Full article >


AAUP Forms Partnership with Tizra E-Publishing Service

On June 26, a mid-sized conference room in Montreal was home to a standing room only crowd. At least one too many invitations (perhaps my own!) had been cadged to a private presentation and discussion of a new e-publishing service. Full article >


Three University Presses Aid in Rebuilding Iraqi Libraries

In late September, Harvard University Press, the MIT Press, and Yale University Press, shipped over 5,700 books to Iraqi libraries from TriLateral, their combined warehouse operation. The presses have partnered with the Sabre Foundation (Humanitarian Aid for the Mind), as part of its Book Donation Program, which has long been a source of educational materials for countries in need. The rebuilding of library collections will help restore the Iraqi higher education system, which has been devastated by military conflict. Full article >


Books for Understanding Updates

AAUP recently published Books for Understanding: Financial Crisis, the latest addition to the online resource for scholarship on current events. As the financial crisis and its effects continue to dominate headlines and politics, the demand for knowledge on the issues is high. This comprehensive bibliography features scholarship published by member presses providing historical perspective, analysis of financial markets, and insight into possible solutions. Full article >