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Keeping It On Campus: University Presses in America

There’s life in publishing outside the Big Five – in fact, university presses have been leading the bookish charge for centuries. Unclear on what kind of work these presses do? Interested in getting involved? We’ve put together an overview to get you up to speed. A Brief History In Colonial and Early America, colleges retained their own printers in order to produce catalogs, scholarly publications, and ceremonial materials. The moniker “University Press” was first used at Harvard in 1802, but the university press as we now know it – a […]

Not New York: Book Business and Culture in Pittsburgh, PA

The reports are true: the “Paris of Appalachia” is having its belle époque. To outsiders, Pittsburgh might be better known for its smokestacked past and Steelers championships, but these are only a few of the city’s many faces. Thanks to a patchwork of neighborhoods, colleges, and cultures, the future is alive and well in southwestern Pennsylvania, and it’s looking pretty wordy. The area is home to a number of presses, both independent and university-affiliated. The University of Pittsburgh Press and Carnegie Mellon University Press each publish a wide variety of […]

Book Jobs Not by the Book: Joel W. Coggins, Design & Production Editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press

Joel W. Coggins is the Design & Production Editor at the University of Pittsburgh Press, where he has worked since 2010. He was awarded an AAUP Mellon Residency Grant to visit the Design & Production Department at Columbia University Press in 2016. The only thing he seeks out more eagerly than bookstores while traveling is a good doughnut shop.   What was your first exposure to book business and what were the most important things you gained from it? Somewhat typically, I worked on my high school’s literary magazine, which, […]