E-Catalogs: From Wish List to Reality

In recent years, the idea of e-catalogs has taken hold in the publishing industry. The reasons for this are many, and start from the observation that more book communications—involving buyers, readers, reviewers, authors—are in the digital space, and catalogs should be, too. Full article >

   

Where the Readers Are: University Presses Explore Online Advertising

University press marketing and advertising staff are expanding their ventures into the realm of online advertising. With an ever-expanding variety of options, from Facebook ads for dollars a day to leaderboards on the websites of renowned print publications, it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. AAUP spoke with staff at three member presses to get an idea of how member presses of various sizes are evaluating and investing in these new opportunities. Full article >

   

Digital Publishing in the AAUP Community

Nearly 80% of AAUP members offer some form of free content on their web sites, and 35% offer full text of books. More than 90% work with the Google Books Partners program. Almost 44% are incorporating XML into some point of the production workflow. And approximately 83% of AAUP publishers find the lack of proven business models to be a serious concern in pursuing e-publishing, but 63% find the specter of online piracy to be at most a mild concern. Full article >

   

Public Access and Scholarly Publishing

The White House's Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) opened a Public Access Forum in December and January. They posed nine questions relating to public access to archived publications resulting from federally funded research, and solicited comments from interested members of the public and scholarly publishing community. Full article >

   

Reports from 2009 Week-in-Residence Grantees

Each year, a group of middle and upper level staff members from AAUP member presses are selected to spend a week in residence at another press, providing an opportunity for professional exchange. Grantees typically spend their time at presses larger than their own. Finding scalable models that would translate well at their home presses, this year's participants illustrated how similarities among university press are often greater than their differences. Full article >

   

AAUP at MLA 2009

The Modern Language Association's 125th Annual Convention was held December 27-30 in Philadelphia, PA. The convention attracted just over 7,300 registrants this year. MLA officials also noted that a record number of visitors purchased one-day passes to the exhibit hall. Full article >

   

2010 Book, Jacket, and Journal Show Winners Announced

Judging of the 2010 AAUP Book, Jacket, & Journal show took place January 28-29 at the AAUP Central Office in New York. Throughout its history, the AAUP Book, Jacket, & Journal Show has honored the design and production teams who further a long tradition of excellence in book design. Full article >

   

Google Settlement Update

The parties to the Google Book suit submitted a revised version of the settlement to the court on November 13. After the submission of the amended settlement agreement, supplemental notice was issued, and an extended comment period was opened. Full article >

   

Books for Understanding: In the News

A number of Books for Understanding bibliography topics have been in the news of late. Updates to these lists ensure that Books for Understanding includes the most recent and up to date scholarship published by university presses on these subjects. Full article >

   

PROSE Awards

The American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence (the PROSE Awards) were announced on February 4, at the annual meeting of the Professional and Scholarly Publishers (PSP) division of the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Once again, works published by AAUP member presses took an extraordinary number awards, in addition to Finalist/Honorable Mention designations. Full article >