‘What are Academic Book Publishers for? Part 2’

Richard Fisher’s follow-up Scholarly Kitchen post is as generously minded as the first. But the hippo in the room—monograph funding—is mostly (if not completely) ignored. Fisher imagines a future with more reader-level sales, at lower prices, but suggests (in...

‘University of Arizona Makes Ashford Contract Public’

Speaking of shady public university deals with for-profits: The University of Arizona has published the asset purchase and sale agreement it struck with Ashford University to create a new online nonprofit institution called the University of Arizona Global Campus....

‘How Purdue Global Got Its IRS Stamp of Approval’

The Century Foundation’s Robert Shireman: In May 2019, Purdue University’s CFO filed a nonprofit tax return (Form 990) with the IRS, followed in August with an application for tax-exempt status (Form 1023).3 Four months later, in December, the IRS granted the...

‘What are Academic Book Publishers for?’

Yale Unviersity Press’s Richard Fisher, writing on the Scholarly Kitchen in the first of a two-day post: prior to 2020, no major publisher of academic monographs in the arts and social sciences was reporting print sales as less than 60% of the monographic whole,...