The 2010 annual meeting of the Association of American
University Presses (AAUP) has come and gone, but it has left the scholarly
press community with much to think about. With significantly higher attendance than
last year’s conference, the lively 2010 convention reflects hopefully on the general
fortunes of university presses.
Among the Penn Press staff who attended the meeting was
Director Eric Halpern, who spoke at “Partnering for
Sustainability: Selling E-books to Libraries,” a panel designed to bring other presses
and e-book specialists up to speed on the latest
developments of an e-book consortium being organized by NYU Press, Penn Press, Rutgers University Press, and Temple University Press and supported
by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. According to Eric,
at AAUP “there was a lot of talk about e-publishing, as there has been for the
past ten years, but the general sense at the meeting was that it has arrived at
For more information on the annual meeting, check out Jennifer
Howard’s recap in the Chronicle of Higher
Education at www.chronicle.com.