“For sixty years, Dover Publications succeeded with a unique business model and a founder who was willing to defend that model against changes to copyright law that he believed threatened to undermine it.”
Like many English majors in college, I acquired a number of Dover editions over the years through used book sales and direct purchase. Gods know how many I utilized in my studies at the college library. It saddens me to hear about this vital institution coming to an end.
He’s talking about academic publishing, and so much more.
“The unpleasant truth is that the phenomenon I’ve been describing isn’t just how academia works, it’s how everything works. People want themselves and their publications to be judged on their inherent qualities, but the overwhelming amount of judgment people receive is based on external factors. Where you live, where you work, what you do, where or if you went to school, how you dress, how you talk, what kind of car you drive, and where or if you publish: the majority of people judge you by these signs regardless of what they reveal about your “true” self and its quality. Sometimes that’s the only thing they can do.”
“We trust that the Edwin Mellen Press will, in the light of growing outrage in the academic community, drop what appears to be an ill-considered assault upon free expression in general and academic librarians in particular.”
One reason in favor of academic librarians having tenure.
“Mr. Geffert is starting a new publishing operation overseen by the library and committed to open access, called the Amherst College Press. It will produce a handful of edited, peer-reviewed, digital-first books on “a very small number of subjects,” the librarian says.”
“We publish the smallest editions at the greatest cost, and on these we place the highest prices, and then we try to market them to people who can least afford them. This is madness.”
Chester Kerr (Director of Yale University Press), quoted in Gene R. Hawes, To Advance Knowledge: A Handbook of American University Press Publishing (New York: American University Press Services 1967), 5.