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32nd Annual Charleston Conference Issues in Book and Serial Acquisition
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Thursday, November 8 • 12:45pm - 2:00pm
What Do Publishers Do (and Why Does It Cost So Much)?  What Librarians Need to Know About the Business of Publishing Today

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How are prices typically calculated and decided?  Without disclosing business secrets of any particular company, we will review the economics of scholarly publishing today.  What value do editors and other publishing employees add?  What effects do increasing price/cost pressures have on product quality, and does it really matter?   How does the larger ecosystem of a publishing company affect pricing?  Are the approaches of for-profit and nonprofit companies fundamentally different?  How much do publishers save by publishing in e-formats, and are the savings being passed along to customers?  What is a sensible approach as a library customer to deciding whether or not prices are fair?  Are self-publishing and open-access models cheaper and poised to challenge the power of corporate publishing?  Publishing veterans with long experience in both commercial and university-press scholarly publishing attempt to address some issues clearly and squarely that publishers and librarians don’t talk about enough with each other.



Ellen Faran

Director Emerita of the MIT Press, Project Manager, UPScope
Ellen W. Faran recently retired as Director of the MIT Press and now does consulting work in publishing. She has over forty years’ experience in trade, professional and scholarly publishing; her previous employers include Houghton Mifflin; Farrar, Straus & Giroux; HarperCollins; the National Academy Press; and the Folger Shakespeare Library.  Ellen has a degree in English from Radcliffe College and an MBA degree from the Harvard Business... Read More →

Michael Magoulias

Journals Director, University of Chicago Press
Michael Magoulias began his publishing life as a sub-editor on British Vogue and Tatler. His subsequent career has been devoted to the sustaining rigors of academic and professional publishing, including Gale Research, Chadwyck-Healey, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. He spent 14 years at Elsevier, most recently serving as Publishing Director for "The Lancet" portfolio. Since April 2012, he has served as Director of the Journals Division of the... Read More →

Sylvia K. Miller

Project Director, University of North Carolina Press
Sylvia K. Miller has nearly three decades of experience in scholarly publishing.  Specializing in acquiring and developing encyclopedias, she was involved in some of the earliest digital reference publishing at Scribners in the 1990s and went on to spearhead online reference as a publishing director at Routledge.    Following her move to Chapel Hill, NC in 2005, she brought the ten-volume Encyclopedia of World Dress & Fashion... Read More →

Thursday November 8, 2012 12:45pm - 2:00pm
Francis Marion Carolina Ballroom 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403