[Marxism] University Presses Under Fire | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu May 15 08:25:54 MDT 2014

The debates and discussions unfolding today in the world of university 
press publishing are complex and wide-ranging. The establishment 
position is represented by the AAUP, and it amounts to this: a digital 
transition is necessary and inevitable; the university press sector is 
doing it as fast and efficiently as it can; but the presses lack the 
economic resources to innovate and shouldn’t risk smashing the fine 
china by pushing ahead recklessly. That incrementalist view is reflected 
in a 2011 AAUP report, “Sustaining Scholarly Publishing,” written by the 
directors of the following university presses: California, Duke, MIT, 
Chicago, Kent State and Massachusetts. The report notes that the old 
model of books on paper is certainly under strain, but it’s a model that 
is still responsible for most of the revenue for university presses. 
Today, books on paper constitute 85 to 97 percent of their total 
revenue, compared with 3 to 15 percent from e-books.

full: http://www.thenation.com/article/179712/university-presses-under-fire

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