J B Krygier
jbkrygier at owu.edu
Thu Oct 6 08:14:23 EDT 2005
On Oct 5, 2005, at 11:41 PM, Scot Kamins wrote:
> I think it's hilarious that you guys are using "profit" and "academic
> publishing" in the same paragraph - especially when you're talking
> about the share that goes to the author!
Academic publishing exists in part to validate academic
research: a faculty member often needs to publish a book
or two to get tenure. The book needs to be favorably
reviewed by peers and published by an academic publisher
with a good reputation. In essence, this indicates that
the faculty member's work is intellectually valid.
A good example of this is Satterfield's book on the
The sales of such books are going to be low - primarily
to libraries and a few scholars. But the point is not
to sell books, but to validate research. The profits are
low also. Thus a bit of a crisis in academic publishing, as
it exists in a world where, increasingly, all that matters
is profit, and academic publishers (especially those
affiliated with universities) don't make much money.
My publisher is a private academic publisher, and the
book can be used as a college text. Thus it can actually
turn a profit if courses adopt it (about 8-10 faculty have
done so so far), and students are forced to buy it. I
get about $4-5 for each book sold, to give you an idea of
the big bucks that will be rolling my way!
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