True, two days is a bit of a short time span on which to base any trend conclusions, but on last Thursday, May 26th, I got a tweet via Tony Sanfilippo linking to the MobyLives post telling us that Northern Illinois University was closing down their press, and then next day, May 27th, another announcing the formation of the University of Cincinnati’s new press. But what conclusions would you reach anyway? There’s no doubt times are hard, but hope springs eternal.
I do think that the university press publishing model has more survival potential than general trade publishing. In crude terms, any business supplying a specialist market is able to charge a higher price and thus cover its costs at a lower unit sale volume.