Rice University Press went all digital in 2006 and will be closing completely in September. As noted in this Chronicle article, this is particularly sad news because Rice’s experiment with going all digital held so much promise for greater sustainability. The Chronicle article mentions an important point that I hadn’t realized: that Rice had a catalog of only approximately 20 titles. This makes sense given the labor required to edit and publish an academic text – whether digital and/or in print. However with so few volumes, the long tail effect doesn’t have much of a chance of being sustainable. I hope that the announcement ofRead More →

“Staying Alive: Books through Print on Demand Technology,” an ALA/ALCTS/PARS Program  (Saturday, June 29, 2008, ACC Room 304a-b) Presenters include: Brian from Bridgeport National Bindery Lynne Terhune, Wiley & Sons, Print on Demand Beth, New York Public Library, head of access, espresso book machine University Conservator from the University of Iowa, and that will be posted on the ALA wiki. Brian from Bridgeport National Bindery Brian began by speaking with the importance of the printing press in the history of inventions, and the lose-ability of books. With digitization, how print on demand works. Conceptually, take a collection of print files, order them, have them printed.Read More →