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A Pressing Issue

An oft-ignored but influential aspect of higher education is university presses. On one hand, they have published many important books over the decades. But on the other hand—and a bigger one at that—they have created a highly subsidized industry of publishing bad books by obscure academics that waste space in university libraries.

They also compete with non-university publishers to produce popular books for profit that will enable them to continue publishing radical polemical screed that nobody reeds. Of course, that’s not enough—they still need government subsidies. But it’s a world that’s changing, as universities are now pulling in their belts for library purchases. George Leef takes a look at the world of university presses in his article, “Stop the Presses! Or, At Least, Stop Their Subsidies!”:

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