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ERIC Number: EJ869089
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov-12
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Publishing in Peril
Lum, Lydia
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v26 n20 p12-13 Nov 2009
University presses are more likely to give voice to stories that might not otherwise be told, such as those involving minority perspectives. But opportunities are shrinking. As extensions of their parent schools, academic presses rarely reap profits, experts say. Many rely on school subsidies to survive. Factor in substantial budget cuts to education in many states recently, with schools downsizing a variety of programs in response, and that leaves some presses pinched--or even out of business. The number of academic presses that have died this year or are on life support isn't known because such reporting is voluntary, according to the American Association of University Presses. What is more widely agreed upon among individual presses is that the recession worsened their often-precarious financial health, an instability caused by a consistent diet of producing books across all genres yielding low returns. Around the country, those who oversee university presses hold a gamut of opinions as to whether books about race and ethnicity are necessarily financial risks.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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