After a bevy of complaints from people nationwide, the University of Missouri Press will not be shuttered. Instead, the press will become a digital publishing platform and will begin soliciting new scholarly works next year. Some of the titles will still be printed.
The university announced in May it was closing the press and laying off or reassigning staffers to save the $400,000 annual cost of running it. Almost 5,500 people signed an online petition protesting the closure. While the press’s new digital life is described by the university as more efficient and a good training ground for students, The Kansas City Star reports others still aren’t satisfied:
[S]peaking on public radio station KBIA in Columbia, [author and MU alumnus William] Least Heat-Moon said, “This decision has me concerned and angered.”
He said tossing out the existing press model to hire a new and smaller staff to do more digital work using student interns “implies that the current press staff is unable to execute such proposed changes.”