Experienced author, teacher, editor, and director of the Texas Christian University Press, Judy Alter shares via the Dallas Morning News comments on "Just What is a University Press?"
An extract is " University presses are academic publishers, ranging in size from small to very large. In Texas, we have at least 12 such presses – UT Press at Austin is probably the biggest, followed by Texas A&M University Press. TCU Press, for whom I work, is one of the smallest in the nation.
The joke used to be that university presses published academic works that sold six copies of any one book – to the author's mother. It's not true anymore. Scholarly presses have their eye on the general reading public. Economic necessity has dictated that most presses have to straddle that line between trade books for popular stores and academic books for a more limited audience." .... READ MORE AT