A "Golden Fluke" from Massachusetts: A Story of Fortune and Foreign Rights

Years ago the AAUP would occasionally bestow the "Golden Fluke Award" on a book whose spectacular commercial success came as a complete surprise to its publisher. I believe the first recipient was A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, published by Louisiana State University Press in 1980, eleven years after the author's suicide at age thirty-one. In 1981, Toole was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction and the novel shot to the top of the bestseller charts. In the spirit of A Confederacy of Dunces and other early Flukes, I am happy to report on the startling success that the University of Massachusetts Press has had with David Vann's Legend of a Suicide. Full article >


DOIs: An Introduction

The Electronic Committee's Digital Digest blog recently published an interview with Carol Meyer of CrossRef, "the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form." Here, Meyer provides a brief introduction to DOIs for e-books. Find the complete interview at aaupdigitaldigest.wordpress.com. Full article >


Six Characteristics of Successful Press-Library Collaboration

This presentation by Richard Brown was part of a panel, "Mixing Oil and Water: Recipes for Press-Library Collaboration" at the 2011 Charleston Conference. Full article >


Ithaka Sustainable Scholarship 2011

The annual Ithaka Sustaining Scholarship conference gathered 175 academic professionals together in New York in September. As in the past, the first day focused on Ithaka initiatives such as the JSTOR e-books program and the recently released Case Studies in Sustainability, while the second day brought together speakers on a general theme of interest to the community. This year's focus was on the user of scholarly content. Full article >


International Publishing Report: Frankfurt and Kiev, 2011

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