Two articles appeared today discussing the annual meeting of the American Association of University Presses. The fate of University presses is closely tied to faculty seeking tenure. Fewer books are being accepted for publication, yet for many disciplines a published book is a requirement for tenure. Shrinking library budgets also are affecting the sales for university presses. Both articles present information on how presses are looking to find new methods in order to survive. Some presses are looking at alternatives including moving to e-format only, while other presses are being closed, and others are looking at open access. Read complete story. in Inside Higher Ed.
For more details, see The Chronicle of Higher Ed story, "Scholarly Presses Discuss What it Takes to Survive" on the annual meeting.