The Biblioracle: University presses deserve protection

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

Publishing is a difficult business under the best of circumstances. Margins are small, it’s difficult to know what will sell, and even relative blockbusters are unlikely to provide long-term security against downturns.

Publishing is even more difficult when you’re not doing it strictly as a business, when you have a mission not necessarily rooted in profit and loss, but are instead oriented around bringing otherwise unknown or previously hidden knowledge into the public domain.

This is the work of university presses, and this work is under threat.

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