Is the Book Review Really Dead?

The news that the Los Angeles Times Book Review, after more than thirty years, would cease publication in its freestanding format and merge with the opinion section of the newspaper made headlines from GalleyCat to an interview with former book review editor, Steve Wasserman, on the NewsHour. This is not shocking news to anyone who has been following trends with book review sections lately. It just seems like the latest in a growing list of newspapers shrinking coverage for books. Full article >

   

Penn State Press and Libraries Come Together for Digital Publishing

While the opportunities and challenges of digital publishing remain hot button topics in the scholarly publishing community, the Romance Studies series from Penn State University Press represents a concrete example of how online and print-on-demand publishing can sustain projects that would otherwise not be possible. Full article >

   

The AAUPWiki

In 2006, the planners of the electronic publishing workshop decided to create an AAUPWiki to house the knowledge that would be shared and created at the event. The moderators edited the wiki on the fly, demonstrating the power of the tool to attendees as session notes became wiki articles. Full article >

   

AAUP Participates in Book Industry Environmental Council

On June 11 I represented the AAUP at the first meeting of the the Book Industry Environmental Council (BIEC) held at the corporate headquarters of Random House in New York City. Full article >

   

AAUP Task Force on Committees

Much of the most important work of AAUP is done by its committees. Made up of volunteers from member presses, these committees run the annual design show, plan the sessions and workshops for the Annual Meeting, keep the board and membership abreast of new developments in copyright law, manage the key statistics programs, and more. Full article >

   

New Books for Understanding Lists on China and Tibet

As the torch is ignited to begin the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China's controversial policies have drawn interest in the country beyond its role as host of the games. And the riots in Lhasa earlier this year made Tibet's complicated relationship with China another flashpoint in the news. In an effort to help readers educate themselves about China's history, culture, and role on the international stage, as well as Tibet's own history with the regional power, the Association of American University Presses has published a bibliography of essential scholarship through its Books for Understanding public web site. These comprehensive scholarly bibliographies give journalists and researchers a broader and deeper understanding of what lies behind the headlines.