University Press

STM Week 2016 — Stray Thoughts on Security, Open Access, and Data
December 16, 2016 at 10:22 am

What has become known as “STM Week” represents a series of meetings in London which expanded this year to include London Information International as a competing/complementary event in another part of the city (known to some as “western Norway,” depending on how that train ride to the eXcel Center felt to you). STM Innovations has become one…

Change Management Is Key to Digital Book Printing Success
October 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

Change is a constant in the business world, yet many book publishing leaders fail to plan for it. Although change can come unexpectedly, in the form of new technology or nascent media formats, these disruptions can be managed, and often they hold new opportunities for book publishers. That is the case with the rise of…

Neither Fish Nor Fowl: Journal Publishing and the University Press
July 6, 2016 at 1:56 pm

The thesis of my talk is that university presses are not well positioned to thrive (and we’ll come back to that word) in journal publishing because they have not adopted any of the (relatively few and common) business strategies that are necessary, given market dynamics, for success. I do not put forth this thesis lightly.…

The CRIS Revolution & How It Affects Academic Publishing
April 7, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Over the last decade there has been a quiet revolution in the way academic institutions track and manage their research activity. “Universities have moved from having multiple systems for single purposes, to also having a single system for multiple purposes”, explains Bo Alroe, director, sales enablement for Elsevier’s Pure software. Now used by over 200…

Pathways Forward: The University Press in the 21st Century
March 21, 2016 at 2:16 pm

The University Press Redux Conference, held March 16 and 17 in Liverpool, was billed as the first to focus on university presses in a specifically UK context, but had plenty of representation from—and relevance to—scholarly publishing in the States. Members of nine American university presses joined their European counterparts to exchange insights into the rapidly…

U.S. Book Publishing Revenue Declines 2% in First 3 Quarters of 2015
January 29, 2016 at 3:26 pm

This week the Association of American Publishers (AAP) released Q3 revenue numbers from more than 1,200 trade, K-12, higher education, university press, and professional publishers. The data spans January to September of 2015, and compared to the same period in 2014, publishers’ net revenue declined 2% from $12.1 billion to $11.9 billion. Driving much of…

The Non-Linear Reading Revolution Is Now. Here's How Publishers Are Handling It
December 3, 2015 at 11:20 am

Going mobile is more than just big pages fitting on tiny screens. Mobile requires content to be organized so that it can be quickly served up in bite-sized chunks into any of the myriad forms that users might want, because today’s consumers want their content their way, on their devices, and in their timeframes. Publishers…

University Presses in Decline…Not so Fast
November 9, 2015 at 2:44 pm

Like all publishers, university presses are facing their fair share of challenges but many are successfully redefining their role in the digital age. There is a flourishing of innovation and renewed energy as individual presses chart their paths into the future and an increasing number diverge from business as usual. In celebration of University Press…

Infographic: Launching University Press Week, November 8-14
November 6, 2015 at 11:27 am

The Association of American University Presses’ University Press Week runs November 8-14. This handy infographic summarizes all you need to know about this fascinating segment of the publishing industry.