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.

University Press Week Blog Tour, Day 3 Round-up #UPWeek

 

Today, the University Press Blog Tour kicks off at University of Chicago Press where Scott Esposito, editor of the online journal Quarterly Conversation, riffs on one essential Chicago text that has been particularly influential on Esposito’s own work:  Modernist Dogma and the Rhetoric of Assent by Wayne C. Booth. This exercise could be repeated a hundred times at each university press — the reality is we publish important books that change the way people think about their own work and the world. The Chicago blog sums it up saying, ” we couldn’t think of a better reason for why university presses matter than their continued commitment to foster thinkers like Booth and to take pride in watching their ideas blossom for another generation.”

 

The tour continues at the University of Illinois Press Blog where Stephen Wade argues that the hallmark of University Press publishing is a “commitment to humane scholarship: to publish learned books that neither hide behind grad school theory nor deaden themselves with verbal opacity. Instead, they seek works whose authors are willing, in the words of former University of Illinois Press editor Judith McCulloh, to ‘write for the world.’”

 

Onward to University of Nebraska Press where the manager of regional imprint Bison Books explains why university presses matter to their regions. University Presses can take on local authors, histories, cookbooks, you name it, because we are dedicated to serving the various communities in which we operate. Princeton University Press doesn’t dip into regional publishing (as in NJ, East Coast) but we do publish regional books — particularly field guides and natural history books — for countless countries and locales around the world. In doing so, we are also giving a “voice” to these places, as Tom Swanson so eloquently describes.

 

Syracuse University Press signs off for the day with longtime author and former series editor Laurence M. Hauptman’s thoughts on why University Presses matter. The three main reasons he describes are:

First, university presses generally work closer and spend more time collaborating with authors, especially new ones to the field, performing more of an educational role by teaching scholars the ropes of the publishing process.

Secondly, university presses are incubators for new ideas and directions in scholarship.

Finally, university presses have in-house expertise and draw from their location on campuses of higher learning.

The University Press Blog Tour continues tomorrow, including our own contribution of a Q&A with Labyrinth Books co-owner Dorothea von Moltke. Check out the complete schedule here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/111775029/University-Press-Week-blog-tour-schedule

 

University Press Blog Tour (#UPWeek), University Press of Florida interns on their “hands-on education”

Like so many of my colleagues, my career in University Press publishing started with an internship. One of the unsung benefits of having a university press in your community is that students have access to diverse publishing internships without having to trek to one of the publishing hub cities in the United States. Princeton University Press offers a range of internships and we recently posted a Q&A with our current roster of interns.

For their contribution to the University Press Week Blog Tour, the University Press of Florida invites three interns (from editorial, acquisitions, and marketing) to describe their experiences working for the press.

This post is part of the University Press Week Blog Tour (complete schedule here).

University Press Blog Tour (#UPWeek), Wilfrid Laurier University Press

 

Wilfrid Laurier University Press invites author Bruce Elder to riff on the unique role University Presses play at the juncture of knowledge, technology, and humanity. He argues that our dedication to monograph publishing is at the core of our contribution to “an era of sweeping, convulsive change.”

What is required for the humanistic study of technology, for an approach to understanding technology that is aware of it being a branch of ethics? Thinking about any topic well requires, more than ever, a careful, wide-ranging, and painstaking deliberation that (almost paradoxically) issues an original synthesis, reflecting the protean character of our historical situation. Such originality does not thrive when hurry-up thinking is demanded, or when writers are encouraged to characterize the issues in overly broad strokes.

The form of exposition best suited to this undertaking is the scholarly monograph: for at its best, it offers a form of complete unity that mirrors the broad field effects of the sweeping technological transformations now taking place. Such monographs are expensive to produce, and they are hardly bait for trade publishers. But we would do without them at our peril, for our moral substance is at stake. The fate of the scholarly monograph is ultimately in the hands of university presses and university libraries, which have struggled to keep it alive under frightful circumstances.

Read the complete post and leave a comment with your thoughts on Elder’s article at the Wilfrid Laurier University Press blog.

 

Part of the University Press Week Blog Tour (complete schedule here).

In Honor of University Press Week (#UPWeek) Princeton University Press Authors Share the Importance of University Presses

 

“University presses have been essential not only for advancing the critical study of American literature but, perhaps more important, for making (and keeping) available reliable texts of American writers whose works don’t have the immediate commercial potential that would attract the interest of most trade publishers. The Library of America, on whose board I sit, depends on the scrupulous editorial work of university presses (other examples would be the Ohio State edition of the works of Nathaniel Hawthorne) for bringing the best texts to a broader public. My own experience with university presses–Harvard, University of Missouri (for which I co-edited one volume of Emerson’s sermons), and, most recently, Princeton–is that editorial support is first-rate, and attention to the manuscript meticulous,  And, of course, it is a gift to any author to know that his or her work is likely to remain in print long after the first phase of public attention has passed. In short, university presses are invaluable–among many other reasons– for their role in preserving our national literary culture.”

~ Andrew Delbanco, Author of  College: What it Was, Is, and Should Be

 

“For me, the value of university presses is immense. Among their many important contributions is their support of the so-called ‘long tail’ of the publishing industry — books that do not necessarily attract a wide audience, but nevertheless have importance for our culture or society. But university presses are also able to meld popularity with intellectual rigor. One example is Princeton’s recent  reprinting of Andrew Hodges’ extraordinary biography of Alan Turing.  It’s great that this book, described in a New Yorker review as ‘one of the finest scientific biographies ever written is available to the public in a special new edition for Turing’s centenary year.”

~ John MacCormick, Author of 9 Algorithms That Changed the Future

 

 

University presses allow us to disseminate ideas in long form and in a way that enables more people both within my field and in the social sciences more generally to learn about new research through an interdisciplinary channel.  Articles are often published in journals that are very narrow and specific, and thus can be overlooked by scholars in other fields or areas of concentration. University press books are much more accessible to a wider academic audience while maintaining academic rigor and excellence. In my world, if one is to publish books at all, a university press is essential to tenure.  Additionally, university presses are very focused on upholding the integrity of the research and reference to the scholarly context in which my work emerged from. Many editors at university presses are very up to date on the research in the field and are actively engaged in the ideas and research all along the way from inception of the idea to the page proofs.  My experience with Princeton University Press was wonderful and fun from beginning to end. I could not recommend a publishing house more.”

~ Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art, andMusic DriveNew York City(New Edition)

 

“University presses have special importance in the field of economics, and I suspect others, for two primary reasons. First, unlike journals, which are typically more stringently constrained by space, academic presses give scholars  the ‘leg room’ they require to elaborate their ideas, allowing them the opportunity to develop and share the bigger picture surrounding their scholarship. Second, unlike journals, which typically reserve space for narrower contributions the details of which have been fully worked out, university presses permit scholars to explore potentially important and ‘expansive,’ albeit at the time of writing, still largely speculative ideas–the kind of ideas that provide fertile soil for future contributions to knowledge.”

~ Pete T. Leeson, Author of The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates

 

“The university press serves as a signal to everyone in my field that the work has been peer reviewed to a rigorous standard and deemed valuable by experts in the field. It’s the highest endorsement for a book in Political Science. The university presses are willing to go the extra mile to publish the necessary graphics and tables that enrich my arguments and provide the real value in my books. The high quality of everything they do, from the feel of the paper down to the simplicity of the graphic design signals readers that what is inside is important.

The university presses are serving the scientific and artistic communities in a way that a commercial press could not do–it’s sort of the difference between the big-budget studio film and the quirky independent film, we love them both but for different reasons.  And books, like films, would be less complete without the smaller niche market offerings.”

~ Lynn Vavreck, author of The Message Matters: The Economy and Presidential Campaigns

 

 

NetGalley features new galleys from University Presses #UPWeek

In honor of the first annual University Press Week and their partnership with the AAUP, Net Galley is showcasing these new titles from university presses.

 

The Rise of the National Basketball Association

By David George Surdam

Before Magic, Michael, and Kobe. Today’s National Basketball Association commands millions of spectators worldwide, and its many franchises are worth hundreds of millions of dollars. But the league wasn’t always so successful or glamorous: in the 1940s and 1950s, the NBA and its predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, were scrambling to attract fans. Teams frequently played in dingy gymnasiums, players traveled as best they could, and their paychecks could bounce higher than a basketball. How did the NBA evolve from an obscure organization facing financial losses to a successful fledgling sports enterprise by 1960?

Drawing on information from numerous archives, newspaper and periodical articles, and Congressional hearings, The Rise of the National Basketball Association chronicles the league’s growing pains and points to the innovations that helped the NBA become the powerhouse that it is today.

University of Illinois Press ~ Pub Date: Nov 18 2012 ~ ISBN: 9780252078668


 

 

 


Mad Men, Mad World 
Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s

By Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, and Robert A. Rushing

Since the show’s debut in 2007, Mad Men has invited viewers to immerse themselves in the lush period settings, ruthless Madison Avenue advertising culture, and arresting characters at the center of its 1960s fictional world.

Mad Men, Mad Worldis a comprehensive analysis of this groundbreaking TV series. Scholars from across the humanities consider the AMC drama from a fascinating array of perspectives, including fashion, history, architecture, civil rights, feminism, consumerism, art, cinema, and the serial format, as well as through theoretical frames such as critical race theory, gender, queer theory, global studies, and psychoanalysis.

Duke University Press Books ~ Pub Date: Mar 4 2013 ~ ISBN: 9780822354185


 

 

 


TV on Strike 
Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet  

By Cynthia Littleton

TV on Strike examines the 2007 upheaval in the entertainment industry by telling the inside story of the hundred-day writers’ strike that crippled Hollywood. The television industry’s uneasy transition to the digital age was the driving force behind the most significant labor dispute of the twenty-first century.

With both sides afraid of losing millions in future profits, a critical communication breakdown spurred a brief but fierce fight with repercussions that continue today. The saga of the Writers Guild of America strike is told here as seen through the eyes of key players on both sides of the negotiating table and of the foot soldiers who shocked even themselves with the strength of their resolve to fight for their rights in the face of an ambiguous future.

Syracuse University Press ~ Pub Date: Nov 21 2012  ISBN: 9780815610083


 

 

 


Monte Cassino

By Peter Caddick-Adams

The most horrific battles of World War II ring in the popular memory: Stalingrad, the Bulge, Iwo Jima, to name a few. Monte Cassino should stand among them. Waged deep in the Italian mountains beneath a medieval monastery, it was an astonishingly brutal encounter, grinding up ten armies in conditions as bad as the Eastern Front at its worst.

Now the battle has the chronicle it deserves. In Monte Cassino, military historian Peter Caddick-Adams provides a vivid account of how an array of men from across the globe fought the most lengthy and devastating engagement of the Italian campaign in an ancient monastery town. Not simply Americans, British, and Germans, but Russians, Indians, Georgians, Nepalese, Ukrainians, French, Slovaks, Armenians, New Zealanders, and Poles, among others, fought and died there. Caddick-Adams offers a panoramic view, surveying the strategic heights and peering over the shoulders of troops fruitlessly digging for cover in the stony soil.

Oxford University Press ~ Pub Date: Nov 7 2012  ISBN: 9780199974641


 

 

 


How to Run a Country

An Ancient Guide for Modern Leaders

By Marcus Tullius Cicero
Selected, translated, and with an introduction by Philip Freeman

Marcus Cicero, Rome’s greatest statesman and orator, was elected to the Roman Republic’s highest office at a time when his beloved country was threatened by power-hungry politicians, dire economic troubles, foreign turmoil, and political parties that refused to work together. Sound familiar? Cicero’s letters, speeches, and other writings are filled with timeless wisdom and practical insight about how to solve these and other problems of leadership and politics. How to Run a Country collects the best of these writings to provide an entertaining, common sense guide for modern leaders and citizens. This brief book, a sequel to How to Win an Election, gathers Cicero’s most perceptive thoughts on topics such as leadership, corruption, the balance of power, taxes, war, immigration, and the importance of compromise. These writings have influenced great leaders – including America’s Founding Fathers – for two thousand years, and they are just as instructive today as when they were first written.

Princeton University Press ~ Pub Date: Feb 6 2013 ISBN: 9780691156576


 

 

 


Two Presidents Are Better Than One 

The Case for a Bipartisan Executive Branch
By David Orentlicher

When talking heads and political pundits make their “What’s Wrong with America” lists, two concerns invariably rise to the top: the growing presidential abuse of power and the toxic political atmosphere in Washington. In Two Presidents Are Better Than One, David Orentlicher shows how the “imperial presidency” and partisan conflict are largely the result of a deeper problem – the Constitution’s placement of a single president atop the executive branch. Accordingly, writes Orentlicher, we can fix our broken political system by replacing the one-person, one-party presidency with a two-person, two-party executive branch.

 

Analyzing the histories of other countries with a plural executive branch and past examples of bipartisan cooperation within Congress, Orentlicher shows us why and how to implement a two-person, two-party presidency. Ultimately, Two Presidents Are Better Than One demonstrates why we need constitutional reform to rebalance power between the executive and legislative branches and contain partisan conflict in Washington.

 

NYU Press ~ Pub Date: Mar 13 2013 ISBN: 9780814789490


 

 

 


The Global Farms Race

Land Grabs, Agricultural Investment, and the Scramble for Food Security

By Michael Kugelman and Susan L. Levenstein

We have entered a new phase of the global food crisis. Wealthy countries that import much of their food, along with private investors, are racing to buy or lease huge swaths of farmland abroad. The Global Farms Race is the first book to examine this burgeoning trend in all its complexity, considering the implications for investors, host countries, and the world as a whole.
The debate over large-scale land acquisition is typically polarized, with critics lambasting it as a form of “neocolonialism,” and proponents lauding it as a cure-all for global agriculture. The Global Farms Race instead offers diverse perspectives, featuring contributions from agricultural investment consultants, farmers’ organizations, international NGOs, and academics. This critical resource addresses historical context, environmental impacts, and social effects, and covers all the major geographic areas of investment.

Island Press ~ Pub Date: Oct 4 2012  ISBN: 9781610911870


 

 

 


Behind the Kitchen Door

By Saru Jayaraman

How do restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America? And how do poor working conditions – discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens – affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables? Saru Jayaraman, who launched the national restaurant workers’ organization Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, sets out to answer these questions by following the lives of restaurant workers in New York City, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Detroit, and New Orleans.

  

Blending personal narrative and investigative journalism, Jayaraman shows us that the quality of the food that arrives at our restaurant tables depends not only on the sourcing of the ingredients. Our meals benefit from the attention and skill of the people who chop, grill, saute, and serve. Behind the Kitchen Door is a groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out. Jayaraman focuses on the stories of individuals, like Daniel, who grew up on a farm in Ecuador and sought to improve the conditions for employees at Del Posto; the treatment of workers behind the scenes belied the high-toned Slow Food ethic on display in the front of the house.

Cornell University Press ~ Pub Date:  Feb 12 2013 ~ ISBN: 9780801451720


 

 

 


Encyclopedia of Media and Communication

By Marcel Danesi

 

The first comprehensive encyclopedia for the growing fields of media and communication studies, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication is an essential resource for beginners and seasoned academics alike. Contributions from over fifty experts and practitioners provide an accessible introduction to these disciplines’ most important concepts, figures, and schools of thought – from Jean Baudrillard to Tim Berners Lee, and podcasting to Peircean semiotics.

 

Detailed and up-to-date, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication synthesizes a wide array of works and perspectives on the making of meaning. The appendix includes timelines covering the whole historical record for each medium, from either antiquity or their inception to the present day. Each entry also features a bibliography linking readers to relevant resources for further reading. The most coherent treatment yet of these fields, the Encyclopedia of Media and Communication promises to be the standard reference text for the next generation of media and communication students and scholars.

University of Toronto Press ~ Pub Date:  Jan 8 2013  ISBN: 9781442611696


 

 

 


Wm & H’ry
Literature, Love, and the Letters between Wiliam and Henry James

By J. C. Hallman

Readers generally know only one of the two famous James brothers. Literary types know Henry James; psychologists, philosophers, and religion scholars know William James. In reality, the brothers’ minds were inseparable, as the more than eight hundred letters they wrote to each other reveal. In this book, J. C. Hallman mines the letters for mutual affection and influence, painting a moving portrait of a relationship between two extraordinary men. Deeply intimate, sometimes antagonistic, rife with wit, and on the cutting edge of art and science, the letters portray the brothers’ relationship and measure the manner in which their dialogue helped shape, through the influence of their literary and intellectual output, the philosophy, science, and literature of the century that followed.

University Of Iowa Press ~ Pub Date:  Mar 15 2013  ISBN: 9781609381516


 

 

 


Stories from Jonestown

By Leigh Fondakowski

The saga of Jonestown didn’t end on the day in November 1978 when more than nine hundred Americans died in a mass murder-suicide in the Guyanese jungle. While only a handful of people present at the agricultural project survived that day in Jonestown, more than eighty members of Peoples Temple, led by Jim Jones, were elsewhere in Guyana on that day, and thousands more members of the movement still lived in California. Emmy-nominated writer Leigh Fondakowski, who is best known for her work on the play and HBO film The Laramie Project, spent three years traveling the United States to interview these survivors, many of whom have never talked publicly about the tragedy. Using more than two hundred hours of interview material, Fondakowski creates intimate portraits of these survivors as they tell their unforgettable stories.

What emerges are portrayals both haunting and hopeful – of unimaginable sadness, guilt, and shame but also resilience and redemption. Weaving her own artistic journey of discovery throughout the book in a compelling historical context, Fondakowski delivers, with both empathy and clarity, one of the most gripping, moving, and humanizing accounts of Jonestown ever written.

University Of Minnesota Press ~ Pub Date:  Feb 1 2013  ISBN: 9780816678082


 

 

 


Shocking The Conscience
A Reporter’s Account of the Civil Rights Movement

By Simeon Booker with Carol McCabe Booker

An unforgettable chronicle by the first full-time African American reporter for the Washington Post, and Jet magazine’s White House correspondent for a half-century.

 

Within a few years of its first issue in 1951, Jet, a pocket-size magazine, became the “bible” for news of the civil rights movement. It was said, only half-jokingly, “if it wasn’t in Jet, it didn’t happen.” Writing for the magazine and its glossy, big sister, Ebony, for fifty-three years, longer than any other journalist, Washington bureau chief Simeon Booker was on the front lines of virtually every major event of the revolution that transformed America.

This is the story of the century that changed everything about journalism, politics, and more in America, as only Simeon Booker, the dean of the black press, could tell it.

University Press of Mississippi ~ Pub Date: Apr 2 2013  ISBN: 9781617037894


 

 

 


Creamy and Crunchy
An Informal History of Peanut Butter, the All-American Food

By Jon Krampner

The first popular account of one of America’s most beloved foods (consumed by more than seventy-five percent of the population), Creamy and Crunchy is a comprehensive and entertaining history of peanut butter’s development and integration into the American diet. Richly illustrated and filled with anecdotes and facts culled from unusual and engaging sources, the book is a mix of interviews, research, travels in the peanut-growing regions of the South, personal histories and recipes, focusing on the manufacture of the food from the 1890s to the present, while also covering its cultural, nutritional, and even molecular evolution.

 

Krampner investigates the resurgence of natural, or old-fashioned, peanut butter; the five ways today’s product is different from the original; why Americans love peanut butter so much more than people from most other nations; and the future trajectory of the industry. He also provides tips on peanut butter etiquette (if eating it straight from the jar, use a teaspoon – unless your girlfriend has just brutally dumped you, in which case a tablespoon is considered acceptable) and concludes with a “best of” list featuring top, taste-tested peanut butters and a timeline of key figures and events.

Columbia University Press ~ Pub Date:  Nov 27 2012  ISBN: 9780231162326

 

University Press Blog Tour (#UPWeek), University of California Press on Why University Presses Matter (to Libraries)

The relationships between university presses and university libraries have evolved in myriad ways in recent years–some campuses keep them completely separate, some have merged, some libraries have taken on aspects of the publishing business–so it is particularly appropriate that The University of California Press posts a great article from Library Relations Manager Rachel Lee for their leg of the University Press Week Blog Tour (complete schedule here).

“So why should University Presses ‘matter’ to libraries?” asks Lee. “In a nutshell: We are on your side. Not only as a publishers of key scholarly research but as a potential partners in new and innovative scholarly publishing. We remain independent, not driven by financial return.”

Read the complete article here: http://www.ucpress.edu/blog/15335/why-university-presses-matter/.

University Press Blog Tour (#UPWeek), The MIT Press on challenges we face as academic publishers

The MIT Press kicks things off today with an article from editorial director Gita Manaktala in which she discusses current shifts in scholarship and reading and how university presses can continue to deliver value to authors and readers. She identifies numerous challenges that university presses must face in coming years, including:

  • Scholarship is becoming more collaborative. What has been the norm in the sciences is becoming common in the social sciences and humanities as well.
  • Peer review is changing, from traditional blind review facilitated by editors to broader networks of review conducted by scholars and their broader communities.
  • Reading has changed, from the sort of focused attention associated with reading print and digital books to a broader bandwidth type of attention associated with reading online.

Head over to The MIT Press blog to read Gita’s complete list and leave your thoughts on what you think are the biggest challenges to the status quo in academic publishing.

University Press Blog Tour (#UPWeek), Day 1 Round-up

 

Harvard University Press kicked off the Blog Tour with a terrific post from Anthony Grafton, past president of the American Historical Association and longtime HUP-author, in which he recalls how university press books introduced him to a world of discovery and argument as a young man, and explains how the importance of UPs in that process of discovery has only grown.

Duke University Press followed with author Judith (Jack) Halberstam’s thoughts on Why University Presses Matter:

In our post-optimistic, pre-revolutionary, ante-Apocalyptic, late pollution, early warning signs, post-election end times as we try to determine what is wrong with politics as know it and imagine life in a different time zone, one that is not marked by lost hopes, disappointments, resentment, regret and anger but instead finds different things to believe in and different ways of making those things become reality, it is as good a time as any to think about how radical knowledge emerges, circulates and lives on.

Two words: university presses.

Stanford University Press continues the fun with an article from Steve Levingston, the book review editor at the Washington Post who is a staunch supporter and promoter of university press books. His point that university press books touch upon so much of the news of the day (or past days if you peruse the archives of the Political BookWorm) is well-made.

University of Georgia Press addresses one of the familiar criticisms of university press publishing — its sustainability. Guest blogger Claire Bond Potter argues that smaller is better and, more importantly, sustainable:

…small publishing houses are where innovative books grow. In a media world where big is not always better, a small press offers sustainability and quality, reaching out to wonderful writers who can’t guarantee mass sales. Furthermore, small presses are conserving publishing’s original economic model. They produce beautiful books in small runs. They have the occasional best seller that allows them to lose money on other worthy books. They assemble and retain staffs that are committed to the author, to the reader and to ideas.

That’s a model that university presses never abandoned. It works. And we love making it work.

And the last stop on Day 1 of the tour is University of Missouri Press where they tackle the overarching question hovering over University Press Week–Why Do We Need University Presses? The post there by Ned Stuckey-French and sales representative Bruce Miller is particularly important and inspirational given their roles in the recent dismantling of and reinstatement of the University of Missouri Press. They worked tirelessly to marshal information, resources, and people and mobilize the ultimately successful campaign to save the University of Missouri Press. Their 5 point list includes:

1. University presses preserve and disseminate knowledge.
2. University presses are defenders of free speech, academic freedom, and spirited discussion
3. University presses serve a readership outside the university.
4. University presses have a special role in land-grant institutions.
5. University presses play an essential role in developing and evaluating faculty.

 

Particularly touching is their assertion that, “If poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world, university presses are the uncelebrated record-keepers of world history and culture.”

So, this week is a week to bring our activities to the fore and to celebrate these “record-keepers”. Join in the fun by checking out the various activities and initiatives here: http://universitypressweek.org.

 

For a complete schedule of the Blog Tour events, please click here.

 

Celebrating University Press Week with the Princeton University Press Influence Map

This fall, the Association of American University Presses is celebrating University Press Week from November 11 – 17. It is an opportunity for Princeton University Press and our colleagues to celebrate just what it is we do–our unique contributions to publishing, the academic community, and the world at large.

As part of the celebration, the AAUP has asked member presses to create Influence Maps to demonstrate the international reach of our publishing programs. Our social networking intern Holly Jennings created this map using data from our Fall 2012 catalog of trade, academic trade, and natural history titles. It visualizes the global nature of our business: the authors we publish, the office we support in the UK, and in the case of the natural history titles, the countries that are subjects of our books.


View Princeton University Press Influence Map in a larger map

We hope our readers, authors, and colleagues will find good ways to celebrate University Press Week. Please check back periodically for more information on how Princeton University Press is celebrating!

In the meantime, here are some of our fellow University Presses’ influence maps:

MIT Press
The University of British Columbia Press
The University of Illinois Press
The University of Virginia Press