AAUP Issues Report on New Business Models: "Sustaining Scholarly Publishing"

Within the scholarly communications ecosystem, scholarly publishers are a keystone species. University presses—as well as academic societies, research institutions, and other scholarly publishers—strive to fulfill the mission of making public the fruits of scholarly research as effectively as possible within that ecosystem. While that mission has remained constant, in recent years the landscape in which it is carried out has altered dramatically. Full article >

   

A Revolution in Print

American University in Cairo Press Looks Back at the Tahrir Protests The rock that crashed through Mark Linz's office window this January now sits in that office in pride of place next to a piece of the Berlin Wall, to commemorate the days "Egyptians lost their fear." Linz, the director of the American University of Cairo Press, occupies an office that overlooks the now world-famous Tahrir Square. He describes the atmosphere of the protests as very historic, very Middle Eastern, but also, tasting a bit of Woodstock, and the hope and freedom associated with that idea—even down to the uncommon rain that battered the Tahrir crowds. Full article >

   

The Digital Digest Plugs In

The AAUP business models report released in March, "Sustaining Scholarly Publishing," emphasizes the importance of experimentation and collaboration in today's publishing environment. The report concludes with a set of recommendations for university presses; first among them is to create "central conduits" for sharing information about experimental projects, so that more can be learned from successes (and failures). Full article >

   

Piracy Protection 101

A Review of Online Piracy Prevention Options As more academic presses go digital, concerns about online book piracy have grown. Attributor, a takedown service for publishers, estimated that online book piracy increased by 50% last year, tracking millions of search queries for pirated books, and some university presses have begun to take notice. Full article >

   

Whiting Week-in-Residence Reports

Professional development is a critical component of AAUP programming, and the Whiting Week-in-Residence program is a rare opportunity for mid- and upper-level university press staff to submerge themselves, for one week, in the workings of another press. Full article >

   

Report from Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2011

The book fair in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has been a vibrant regional book market for more than 20 years, providing annual access to a wide range of books and booksellers to students, teachers, and libraries across the UAE and the larger Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. In recent years, in partnership with the Frankfurt Book Fair, it has become truly the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) and has sought to increase the book industry trade business that is conducted in its halls. Full article >

   

London Book Fair 2011

As if to make up for the Eyjafjallajökull-enforced quiet of the 2010 London Book Fair, in 2011 Earls Court was bustling with international publishers and trade partners. While many appointments were made with a "barring volcanoes!" caveat, the AAUP Pavilion at LBF 2011 was host to ten member presses and the site of continual business meet-ups and foot traffic. Full article >

   

Humanities Advocacy Day 2011

More than 100 advocates for the humanities visited 129 Congressional offices in early March as part of the NHA-organized Advocacy Day. Advocates discussed local humanities projects with their representatives and lobbied for continued funding for the National Endowment of the Humanities. More on funding priorities can be found at http://www.nhalliance.org/advocacy/funding-priorities/index.shtml.