E-Duke Books Tests New Model

Laments on the plight of the monograph abound of late, but Duke University Press is attempting to shake things up with its new program, the e-Duke Books Scholarly Collection. Modeled on the pricing structure of the e-Duke Journals Scholarly Collection, e-Duke Books offers online access to at least 100 new titles per year to subscribing libraries, in addition to access to many of the press's backlist titles. Full article >

   

Tracing the Impact of the Google Settlement

Everyone is talking about the Google settlement. On March 13 the Columbia Law School hosted "The Google Settlement: What Will It Mean for the Long Term?" a day-long symposium with exceptional speakers assembled from the publishing, legal, and academic spheres. Conference attendees, including nine rights professionals from AAUP presses, were privileged to hear expert debate on a broad continuum of issues. Full article >

   

A Conference is a Place: Tools of Change 2009 and Other Interesting Meetings

In February, I attended the third O'Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference (TOC) at the Times Square Marriott Marquis in New York. I found myself thinking that the ecstatic vision of a changed human relationship with "content" is growing stale apace, even as e-publishing platforms, models, and devices become a more workable reality. Full article >

   

Practical Advice on Bridging the Library-Press Divide

New Resource Center for Campus-Based Publishing Partnerships Libraries and university presses have always been inextricably bound up in each other's success. While at its best this relationship can provide extensive benefits to the whole of scholarly communication, too often a lack of common understanding has led to conflicting interests. With the advent of digital publishing and the demand for new methods of scholarly communication, the need for the two institutions to share their strengths and resources is increasingly evident. Full article >

   

Making Information Pay 2009

The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) presented its sixth annual Making Information Pay conference on May 7, at the McGraw-Hill Auditorium in New York. The conference's focus this year was "Shifting Sales Channels: and what publishers are doing about them" and featured presentations by eight industry leaders, in addition to remarks by BISG Executive Director Michael Healy. Full article >

   

Humanities Advocacy in 2009

On March 11, 380 representatives of universities, colleges, museums, historical and scholarly societies, humanities councils, and (of course) scholarly publishers fanned out across Capitol Hill to make the case for continued support and increased funding of federal humanities agencies. Full article >

   

AAUP Welcomes a New Member

In May, AAUP welcomed RIT Cary Graphic Arts Press as an Introductory Member. The press is the scholarly publishing enterprise of the Rochester Institute of Technology and is affiliated with the Melbert B. Cary, Jr. Graphic Arts Collection. In addition to the graphic arts, the press also publishes in deaf studies, business, engineering, and science.

   

Books for Understanding Updates

Having long played a highly visible role in international relations, Cuba is once again much in the news, with the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, the loosening of U.S. policy restrictions regarding the nation, and transitions of power. AAUP has assembled a bibliography of scholarly works that includes information and links to over 150 works on Cuban politics, history, foreign relations, and culture from 24 scholarly presses. Full article >

   

Book Industry Environmental Council Announces Climate Goals

On April 16, the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) announced an ambitious set of goals for the book publishing industry. Called a "global first in publishing," the council's goal is a 20% reduction of the industry's greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (from a 2006 baseline) and an 80% reduction by 2050. Full article >

   

University Presses Receive Mellon Grants for Publishing Initiatives

In recent months, five new university press collaborations have received grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Three groups of presses received grants for monograph series in underserved areas of study. Two presses have received grants from the Mellon Foundation to facilitate publishing projects in collaboration with their parent universities and other institutions. Full article >

   

AAUP Partners

The AAUP Partners Program allows key service providers and related organizations to give annual support to AAUP and be formally recognized by AAUP for that support. Full article >