University of Missouri Press cuts jobs, titles

Friday, March 20, 2009 | 11:09 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri Press is cutting jobs and the number of titles it publishes.

The cuts are part of an effort to reduce budget shortfalls after the publishing house has lost money in recent years.

Interim Director Dwight Browne said the cuts followed an extensive external review by members of five other university press organizations.

The University of Missouri Press had employed 18 people.

Browne said it's difficult to break even with scholarly publishing because the mission is to publish items that large publishers are deterred by because the market for them isn't large.

But he said there is a need for the information. He added that sales last year were the best ever but that the organization still ran a deficit.


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