Fun Facts: University Press Week
· There are over 130 university presses across the world.
· The Texas A&M University Press was founded in 1974 under the direction of Texas A&M University president and chancellor Jack K. Williams. The first director of the press, Frank H. Wardlaw, had previously helped to establish the University of Texas Press and the University of South Carolina Press.
· The first University to publish its own book was in 1455 when Gutenberg and Fust printed the Bible, twenty-three years later, in 1478, a commentary on the Apostle's Creed was printed at Oxford University
· Following the September 11th attacks, AAUP established its "Books for Understanding" program in recognition that scholarly presses publish knowledge that often cannot be found anywhere else. Now featuring a list of 85 need-to-know topics—and growing apace—the books represented provide deeply researched information on issues and events of international import. Whether the topic is North Korea or water rights in the Southwest, a university press book has the answers, and the questions, you are looking for.
· AAUP (Association of American University Presses) member presses produce more than 12,000 works per year, in both print and digital form. It is also AAUP's 75th anniversary this year!