No Matter How You Say It — It’s Still “On Bullshit” — books in translation for #UPWeek

Peter Dougherty’s consideration of the impact of translations for university presses is available here. One of the best parts of getting our books into translation, is seeing what the foreign publishers do with the cover, title, and design. This poster illustrates a few interpretations of the NY Times best-seller On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt. On Bullshit is one of our success stories. It has been published in more than 25 languages.

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#UPWeek Blog Tour turns its attention to the importance of regional publishing on Day 4

upweekUniversity Presses make tremendous scholarly contributions, but they also operate as local publishers, publishing the best regional books for their respective states. These books can be anything from cookbooks to walking tours, narrative histories to pop culture and art coffee table books. It may be tempting to write off this portion of our publishing programs as frivolous, but as the blog tour stops demonstrate today, this would be a big mistake.

Fordham University Press
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Fredric Nachbaur, Press Director, writes about establishing the Empires State Editions imprint to better brand and market the regional books, reflect the mission of the university, and co-publish books with local institutions.

Louisiana State University Press
blog.lsupress.org
LSU Press discusses the challenges they face in capturing an authentic representation of Louisiana’s culture. How do the editors work with authors to capture the nuances of Louisiana’s food, music, and art?
Syracuse University Press
syracusepress.wordpress.com

Regional author, Chuck D’Imperio discusses the roots of regional writing in many of the “classics.” From oral testimonies to local guidebooks, these stories contribute to the culture and history of the region.

University of Alabama Press
uapressblog.wordpress.com
University of Nebraska Press
nebraskapress.typepad.com

UNP’s Editor-in-Chief Derek Krissoff defines the meaning of place in University Press publishing.

University of North Carolina Press
uncpressblog.com

UNC Press editorial director Mark Simpson-Vos highlights the special value of regional university press
publishing at a time when the scale for so much of what we do emphasizes the global.

University Press of Kentucky
kentuckypress.wordpress.com
UPK considers its role in preserving Kentucky’s cultural heritage and some of the fun things that make KY (and KY books) unique.
University Press of Mississippi
upmississippi.blogspot.com

UPM Marketing Manager and author of two books Steve Yates gives his thoughts on the scale of regional publishing and shares the sage advice of businessmen

Oregon State University Press
osupress.oregonstate.edu/blog
A great quick intro to regional publishing and highlights from OSU Press’s regional catalog.

The complete schedule for the blog tour is located here.

Day 3 of the #UPWeek Blog Tour focuses on specialty subjects from some of our colleagues

upweekFor Day 3 of the University Press Week Blog Tour, we turn our attention to the content–the subjects of the books, journals, series, and everything else–we publish. This is an opportunity for presses to highlight special subject areas in which they publish, or subjects for which their press is particularly well known.

MIT Press
mitpress.mit.edu/blog

Gita Manaktala, Editorial Director, writes about the possibilities of the web. MIT Press authors are increasingly using the internet for scholarship, finding newly mediated ways to teach, to conduct research, to present data, and to engage with various publics.

Texas A&M University Press
tamupress.blogspot.com
University of Georgia Press
ugapress.blogspot.com
Nik Heynen, Deborah Cowen, and Melissa W. Wright, series co-editors, will discuss UGA Press geography books, specifically as they relate to the Geographies of Justice and Social Transformation series.
University of Pennsylvania Press
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Penn Press acquisitions editors discuss the foundations and future of some of the press’s key subject areas.

University of Toronto Press
utpblog.utpress.utoronto.ca

A discussion of the Medieval and Renaissance Studies lists.


Wilfrid Laurier University Press
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Cheryl Lousley, editor of the Environmental Humanities series, writes about the engagement of environmental issues through the humanities disciplines, such as literature, film, and media studies, for example. She outlines the genesis of the series and discusses some of the most recent publications.

The complete schedule for the blog tour is located here.

Day 2 of the #UPWeek Blog Tour is underway with posts on the future of scholarly communication

upweekThe focus of Day 2 of the University Press Week Blog Tour is “The Future of Scholarly Communications”. University Presses are engaged in a wide variety of new initiatives designed to acquire and publish meaningful scholarship in new and innovative ways and in partnerships with libraries, organizations, and other groups with vested interests in this area of what we do. Today we celebrate a few of these initiatives and take a peek at what the future holds for us all.

Duke University Press
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Priscilla Wald, Professor of English and Women’s Studies at Duke University, on the slow future of scholarly communication.
Harvard University Press
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Jeffrey Schnapp, faculty director of metaLAB (at) Harvard and editor of the new metaLABprojects book series, on the emerging currents of experimental scholarship for which the series provides a platform.
Stanford University Press
stanfordpress.typepad.com

Alan Harvey, Press Director, discusses the challenges presented by new technologies in publishing, and how the industry model is adapting to new reading-consumption habits.

Temple University Press
templepress.wordpress.com

Alex Holzman explores the partnerships university presses and libraries can forge as the means of communicating scholarship evolves.

University of Minnesota Press
uminnpressblog.com
Editor Dani Kasprzak describes a new UMP initiative.
University of Texas Press
utpressnews.blogspot.com

Robert Devens, Assistant Editor-in-Chief for the University of Texas Press, on the future of scholarly communication.

University of Virginia Press
www.upress.virginia.edu/blog

Historian Holly Shulman, editor of The Dolley Madison Digital Edition and the forthcoming People of the Founding Era, looks at the need for university presses to adapt to new technologies, while ackowledging the difficulties of doing so.

The complete schedule for the blog tour is located here.

University Press Week begins today! Visit these tour stops to learn about who we are and what we do. #UPWeek

upweekThe focus of Day 1 of the University Press Week Blog Tour is “Meet the Press”. This can mean anything from introducing individuals who work at university presses to features on what university presses do and how we contribute to scholarly communication and, in many cases, general reading and knowledge.

McGill-Queen’s University Press
www.mqup.ca/blog
Editors Jonathan Crago and Kyla Madden reflect on their university press experiences and what’s in the cards for MQUP’s future.
Penn State Press
psupress.blogspot.com
University of Illinois Press
www.press.uillinois.edu/wordpress
University of Hawai‘i Press
uhpress.wordpress.com
UHP’s soon-to-retire journals manager reflects on a long and well-traveled career with stops at many presses.
University of Missouri Press
umissouripress.blogspot.com
University Press of Colorado
www.upcolorado.com/content/news
Laura Furney, managing editor at University Press of Colorado has been with the press for 20 years and will describe her role in two recent developments.
University Press of Florida
foridabookshelf.wordpress.com
A report from a UPF acquisitions editor who is working to develop and grow innovative new subject areas.

The complete schedule for the blog tour is located here.

Congratulations to The New York Review of Books on Their 50th Anniversary

Last night, the New York Review of Books celebrated its 50th anniversary with a glittering celebration at The Frick Collection. At the end of the night, party-goers received a wonderful parting gift–a copy of the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine and a facsimile of the very first issue. It was delightful to thumb through Issue #1 with articles by W.H. Auden, Nathan Glazer, Elizabeth Hardwick, Irving Howe, Normal Mailer, Adrienne Rich, Susan Sontag, and Gore Vidal, to mention just a few of the illustrious contributors.

Also wonderful to see was this full page ad for Princeton University Press books in the first issue. We have been fans of the New York Review of Books since day 1 and send our warmest congratulations to Mr. Bob Silvers and his colleagues on reaching this tremendous milestone. Thank you for inviting us all to celebrate with you.

For a superlative take on the New York Review of Books’ first 50 years, please read this article by Gerry Howard.

 

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Princeton University Press’s best-selling books for the past week

These are the best-selling books for the past week.

 

k8967 Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valiant Swabian by A. Douglas Stone
k10054 The Great Escape: Health, Wealth, and the Origins of Inequality by Angus Deaton
k9687 The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman
McCallSmith_Auden What W. H. Auden Can Do for You by Alexander McCall Smith
Helmreich_NewYork The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City by William B. Helmreich
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
Mass Flourishing Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change by Edmund Phelps
Stephenson_WarblerG The Warbler Guide by Tom Stephenson & Scott Whittle
k8967 On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt
How to Solve It: A New Aspect of Mathematical Method by G. Polya

Behind the Design: Inspiration behind the “Will You Be Alive Ten Years from Now?” front cover

Will You Be Alive Ten Years from Now? by Paul J. NahinOur very own Illustration Manager, Dimitri Karetnikov, paints a picture of the thoughts behind Paul J. Nahin’s Will You Be Alive Ten Years from Now?:

Q1: What inspired the “look” of this book cover?

“The Will You Be Alive Ten Years from Now? cover painting is a blend of two ideas. One of the ideas suggested by the author was his own portrait with a crystal ball. Knowing that Paul Nahin has a sense of humor, I decided to paint him as an automaton, like the one from the movie “Big”. So, it is an automaton bearing some of Nahin’s features. Carmina [senior designer at Princeton University Press] and I have collaborated on several Nahin’s covers, each time it is a unique challenge and and a lot of fun.

Q2: What type of editing techniques were used to put the finishing touches on this book cover?

“The image was painted by hand, then revised/retouched in Photoshop quite a bit. The title layout is inspired by the automaton booths you can still see in little shore shops.”

Q3: Is there any metaphor associated with this book cover?

“Carmina made the image continue on the spine and on the back, turning the book into a something like a fortune telling booth.”


Will You Be Alive Ten Years from Now?
And Numerous Other Curious Questions in Probability

Paul J. Nahin

What are the chances of a game-show contestant finding a chicken in a box? Is the Hanukkah dreidel a fair game? Will you be alive ten years from now? These are just some of the one-of-a-kind probability puzzles that acclaimed popular math writer Paul Nahin offers in this lively and informative book.

Nahin brings probability to life with colorful and amusing historical anecdotes as well as an electrifying approach to solving puzzles that illustrates many of the techniques that mathematicians and scientists use to grapple with probability. He looks at classic puzzles from the past–from Galileo’s dice-tossing problem to a disarming dice puzzle that would have astonished even Newton–and also includes a dozen challenge problems for you to tackle yourself, with complete solutions provided in the back of the book.

Nahin then presents twenty-five unusual probability puzzlers that you aren’t likely to find anywhere else, and which range in difficulty from ones that are easy but clever to others that are technically intricate. Each problem is accompanied by an entertaining discussion of its background and solution, and is backed up by theory and computer simulations whenever possible in order to show how theory and computer experimentation can often work together on probability questions. All the MATLAB® Monte Carlo simulation codes needed to solve the problems computationally are included in the book. With his characteristic wit, audacity, and insight, Nahin demonstrates why seemingly simple probability problems can stump even the experts.

Paul J. Nahin is professor emeritus of electrical engineering at the University of New Hampshire. He is the best-selling author of many popular-math books, including Duelling Idiots and Other Probability Puzzlers, The Logician and the Engineer, Number-Crunching, Mrs. Perkins’s Electric Quilt, and An Imaginary Tale (all Princeton).

Find Us at BookExpo – Booth 1751

F13CvsThe exhibit doors open today in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Center for BookExpo America – the book industry’s main event in North America. You will find Princeton University Press exhibiting books at booth #1751. Stop by to say hello, make new friends and find something good to read. Be sure to pick up our new Fall 2013 Seasonal Catalog, or download it directly to your device at http://press.princeton.edu/catalogs/F13Seasonal.pdf. Learn more about new books from our authors including; Angus Deaton, David Runciman, Robert Bartlett, Edmund Phelps, Alexander McCall Smith, Merry White, Alan Jacobs, and Martin Gardner – just to name a few. The catalog is full of great books by great authors and we hope to see you there!

Good news for book lovers, the doors open to the public on Saturday, June 1st. Get your ticket from BookExpo.

PUP Best Sellers for the Past Week

This list takes into account print and e-editions of Princeton University Press books.

 

j9925[1] The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order by Benn Steil
j9929[1] The Bankers’ New Clothes: What’s Wrong with Banking and What to Do about It by Anat Admati & Martin Hellwig
crossley The Crossley ID Guide: Raptors by Richard Crossley, Jerry Liguori, & Brian Sullivan
j8973[1] This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly by Carmen M. Reinhart & Kenneth S. Rogoff
Tesla: Inventor of the Electrical Age by W. Bernard Carlson
The Golden Ticket: P, NP, and the Search for the Impossible by Lance Fortnow
The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup by Noam Wasserman
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger & Michael Starbird
QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter by Richard P. Feynman
Einstein Gravity in a Nutshell by A. Zee

Princeton University Press Director Peter Dougherty Speaks at the Lunch and Salon Hosted by the Association of American University Presses at the Princeton Club of New York

November 29, 2012: Peter Dougherty and several other press directors discuss the accomplishments of University Presses and the future direction of books at the salon gathering entitled “What’s Next for Publishing? Rethinking the University Press.” Dougherty answwered questions from a group of journalists spectating at the event:

Several comments picked up on ideas from Dougherty’s July 23 article for the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled “The Global University Press.” As he wrote: “University presses can become an even larger and more influential force in the global theater of ideas by capitalizing on two converging trends: the growth of global scholarship and the expansion of digital communications networks.” Though university presses reach a smaller audience of readers, in difficult economic times and rapid technological change, they remain committed to their authors and, as Jordan said, will pursue the “new digital reader” and “champion the spirit of innovation.”

 
Click here to read the rest of the article on the official Publishers Weekly website: Panel Debates The Future of University Presses

 
Peter J. Dougherty was appointed Director of Princeton University Press at the March 2005 meeting of the Press’ board of trustees. “We sought an individual of broad editorial vision and were fortunate that the field of candidates was rich in such talents. Happily, however, we found Walter Lippincott’s successor right here at Princeton,” said W. Drake McFeely, chair of the Press’ board.

“Peter Dougherty has been instrumental in the Press’ success over the past 13 years,” he continued. “More than that, his 33 years of experience in publishing affords him a clear vision of how to build on Walter’s great achievements. I am delighted that he has agreed to lead the Press into its second century.”

McFeely, president and chair of W.W. Norton in New York, co-chaired the search committee with Princeton University Provost Christopher Eisgruber, who added, “Peter Dougherty will be a great leader for the Princeton University Press. He has distinguished himself as a brilliant editor of books about economics, and his list of authors and titles in that field is the envy of every other university press.

Read more about Princeton University Press Director, Peter Dougherty: Official Princeton University Press Website

Princeton University Press titles now available via Books at JSTOR

A New Chapter Begins: Books at JSTOR Launches
More than 15,000 books join the journals on JSTOR

JSTOR is pleased to announce the launch of its new books program, Books at JSTOR, which brings scholarly monographs from leading university presses and other academic publishers to the JSTOR platform. Books are deeply integrated with the 1,600 current and archival journals on JSTOR. All content is cross-searchable, and books are linked with millions of book reviews and from hundreds of thousands of book citations within the journal literature.Books at JSTOR is the result of extensive consultations with librarians, publishers, and users to develop an offering that meets and balances the needs of the scholarly community. We plan to continue the dialogue with all of our stakeholders as we learn together from our experience and usage data, add new books and publishers to the program, and refine the functionality on the platform.Books at JSTOR features:

  • A growing list of titles in core scholarly disciplines. Books from participating presses are already highly-cited within the corpus of journals on JSTOR. More than 15,000 front and backlist titles are currently offered through the program, and new titles are added every month.
  • Flexible purchase options. All books are available in a single-user model, and thousands in a multi-user model. Books are available for purchase as individual titles, disciplinary packages, and customizable collections. Volume discounts are offered. A demand-driven acquisition option is also available.
  • Preservation assured. Books are preserved in Portico (portico.org), ITHAKA’s digital preservation service.
  • Seamless integration. JSTOR currently has millions of book reviews and hundreds of thousands of book citations on the platform. Books, journal articles, and reviews are cross-searchable and linked in ways that make online research faster, easier, and more effective.

 

Participating Presses include:

Boydell and Brewer
Brookings Institution
Catholic University of America Press
Central European University Press
Columbia University Press
Cornell University Press
Edinburgh University Press
Harvard University Press
Hong Kong University Press
McGill-Queen’s University Press
Modern Humanities Research Association
Ohio University Press
Penn State University Press
Princeton University Press
RAND Publications
Russell Sage Foundation
Society of Biblical Literature
University of California Press
The University of Illinois Press
The University of Minnesota Press
The University of North Carolina Press
University of Pennsylvania Press
The University of Texas Press
University of Toronto Press
University Press of Mississippi
Yale University Press

 

Experience books on JSTOR
Books have been incorporated into the existing functionality on JSTOR, and tabs on the search results page allow for easy filtering by content type. Learn more about books on JSTOR by viewing a tutorial.The latest title list is now available. Libraries can also request trial access to books by contacting us.