MU announces details of revamped University of Missouri Press

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 11:40 a.m. CDT; updated 1:44 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 20, 2012

An updated version of this article has been posted.

COLUMBIA — MU announced Monday details about an updated version of the University of Missouri Press focusing on digital publication.

"We are entering an era of new and changing information technologies, such as downloading and reading books on mobile devices, and inclusion of content beyond visual, such as audio and video content," MU Provost Brian Foster said in a news release.

UM System President Tim Wolfe announced May 24 that a $400,000 subsidy would stop June 30, effectively closing the 54-year-old press. He told the Board of Curators in June that the university was looking for a new model for the press that meets contractual obligations with current authors.

Looking toward emerging technologies, the new press will focus on digital publication with Speer Morgan, current leader of The Missouri Review, at its helm.

Morgan cited maintaining quality and efficiency as well as creating opportunities for collaboration, specifically with the Missouri School of Journalism, as goals for the press.

The model for the new press will train students in evolving publishing practices with hands-on education, MU Chancellor Brady Deaton said.

Supervising editor is Hannah Cushman.

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Mike Martin July 16, 2012 | 12:16 p.m.

Good way to go. Students will learn to use Mobipocket, ePub, and other
conversion software for PubIt!, Kindle, the Apple Store, etc. They'll market using Goodreads and other reading social media. It's fun, and another acknowledgement that digital is supplanting print (none of these technologies are "emerging" anymore -- they've been around now for several years).

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Ellis Smith July 16, 2012 | 5:02 p.m.

Okay, so couldn't that have been arrived at WITHOUT first having announced that the press would shut down in fiscal year 2013?

Would anyone care for a damp face towel (in order to wipe the egg off their faces)?

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