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The Authors Guild Loses (Again), and HathiTrust Wins–But What Does It Mean?

The Authors Guild’s lawsuit against HathiTrust over the latter’s massive library of digitized print books has been dismissed by the Second Circuit Court. What does this mean for libraries, authors, and readers? Continue reading

How to Shoot the Moon with D2C Sales

In order to build direct-to-consumer sales, university presses should consider streamlining their publishing programs and focus on a small number of subject areas, even just a single area. Continue reading

The Business Model is a Community Affair

Drawing on a presentation from the recent AAUP annual conference, this post argues that the business of publishing scholarly books requires reciprocal arrangements among many publishers. This system is undermined by free riders. Continue reading

What is an eBook? How do Publishers price it?

A short video explaining the costs that go into producing a book, and how little difference there is in those costs between electronic and print books. Continue reading

How Important Are Library Sales to the University Press? One Case Study

A study of sales data for 2012 imprints from the University of Chicago Press offers tantalizing hints about the importance (or lack thereof) of library sales to university presses — particularly with regard to scholarly monographs. Continue reading

Stick to Your Ribs: Back to School: Rethinking the Textbook

Revisiting Joe Esposito’s 2011 post on the challenges and the strategies for moving textbooks into the digital era. Continue reading

Well, That About Wraps it up for Clayton Christensen

Clayton Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation is critically examined by Jill Lepore in the New Yorker. If he is wrong, why is the idea of disruption such a compelling one? Continue reading

How Ink is Made: A Beautiful Reflection of the Analog World we still inhabit

A YouTube Video, How Ink is Made, reminds us of the art and craft that goes into creating the physical products that remain a significant fixture of the publishing world. Continue reading

Author vs. Author: The Authors Guild and the Authors Alliance Set to Duke It Out?

The emergence of the Authors Alliance is causing consternation among some members of the traditional publishing community, most notably the Authors Guild, which has already issued a sharply-worded critique. But what is the Alliance actually going to do? They’re not really saying. Continue reading

University Presses: “Under Fire” or Just Under the Gun (Like the Rest of Us)?

Are university presses really “under fire,” or are they simply experiencing the natural consequences of doing the wrong things at the wrong time in a marketplace that has evolved away from them? Continue reading

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