Monday, March 25, 2013

Big Red acquires Potomac Books

University of Nebraska Press announced their acquisition of Virginia-based Potomac Books today. Potomac doesn't do a lot of Civil War publishing, but it is at least a small part of their overall military history catalog so still having it around is a good thing for us.  It's fairly common for university presses to handle distribution and marketing for local and regional publishers, but outright purchasing of a small to mid-sized private outfit located as far from home base as possible is a new one for me.  The pressures on some UPs (most notably Missouri's) and new debates over the role of academic presses in a rapidly changing publishing landscape have been in the news lately, and maybe this fits into some kind of long term survival strategy for Nebraska.

1 comment:

  1. I heard (on the QT) this was coming a couple months ago. This is a new one for me, too--a University press obtaining an independent like Potomac Books. The price was not cheap, I assure you.


Blogger ID not required to comment, but please SIGN YOUR POST with your name. Otherwise, your comment may be rejected. Also, outside promotions are not allowed in the comments section.