August 10, 2010

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Press has joined Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc., a large, independent publisher of scholarly, trade, and popular books with more than 20,000 titles.

Founded in 1975 by CEO and President Jed Lyons and his partners, the Lanham, Md.-based Rowman & Littlefield has published titles in the humanities and social sciences as well as many reference books and books of general interest.

The $50 million company has distribution centers in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa., Boulder, Co., and Plymouth, England, and satellite offices in New York City, Chicago, Boston, and Toronto. Imprints include Rowman & Littlefield, Lexington Books, Scarecrow Press, and AltaMira. The company has co-published books with hundreds of scholarly organizations.

The partnership will provide the Bucknell press, a global publishing leader in 18th-century, Hispanic and Latin American studies, with "long-term stability, a global promotional plan, a print-on-demand facility, e-book services, an electronic backlist, and more printing options," according to Greg Clingham, director of the University Press and a professor of English at Bucknell.

"We see our new partnership with Rowman & Littlefield as the perfect opportunity to strengthen our publishing program in association with various campus initiatives, such as the Environmental Center's Stories of the Susquehanna and the Griot Institute, and also to increase Bucknell's visibility as a publisher of work in the humanities and social sciences in the nation at large."

The transition marks the end of a 42-year relationship between the Bucknell University Press and Associated University Presses (AUP). A small family business founded by Thomas Yoseloff, once director of the University of Pennsylvania Press, AUP was brought to Bucknell by John Wheatcroft, emeritus professor of English. The association with AUP had produced more than 1,000 titles in the humanities and social sciences since 1968.

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