University Press Roundup

Welcome to our weekly roundup of the best posts from the blogs of academic publishers! There were a ton of great posts this week, so as always, if you particularly enjoy something or think that we missed an important post, please let us know in the comments.

At the AMACOM Books Blog, Associate Editor Michael Sivilli talks about the process of creating an index, and argues that authors are better off using a professional indexer to create an index for their books.

Beacon Press Blog Editor Jessie Bennett has a post up on Beacon Broadside this week saying farewell as she moves on to other endeavors. We wish both her and the Beacon Broadside blog the best of luck moving forward!

At the newly renamed and beautifully redesigned fifteen eightyfour blog, the blog of Cambridge University Press, Colin Howson discusses his new book, Objecting to God, and talks about various arguments against the existence of God.

Why does the University of Chicago campus look like the University of Chicago campus? The Chicago Blog of the University of Chicago Press has an excerpt from Building Ideas: An Architectural Guide to the University of Chicago that explains the goals behind the design of their campus.

If you are an okra fan, the “Making the Case for Okra” post this week on the University of Georgia Press blog is a must-read. Complete with information about the okra plant and recipes, the post has everything an okra lover could want.

Anthony Weiner has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, and the Harvard University Press Blog offers the former Congressman some tongue-in-cheek advice pulled from a book on impulses.

The titan arum, or corpse flower, is famously smelly when it blooms once a year, and at Island Press Field Notes, Eric Dinerstein discusses plants known for their smell, drawing parallels between the stench of the the titan arum and the sweet aroma of honeysuckle.

Jenny McCarthy is a leader of the anti-vaccine movement, and has drawn attention from another couple of academic publishing blogs this week. First, at the Indiana University Press blog, Donald R. Prothero has a guest post in which he criticizes McCarthy’s public stance on scientific issues. Then, at the JHU Press Blog, Mark A Largent takes a look at McCarthy and the media’s reaction to her appointment on The View.

The Apple eBook verdict has ruffled a lot of feathers in the publishing industry this summer, but at the UNC Press Blog, UNC Press Director John Sherer claims he’s not disappointed at all by the verdict, and lays out the reasons for this lack of disappointment.

At From the Square, the NYU Press blog, Victor Rios argues that “George Zimmerman is not just an outlying overzealous rogue vigilante that hunted down an innocent Black American boy. He very much represents mainstream America.”

HRH Prince George Alexander Louis of Cambridge was born last week, and is now third in line to the British throne. At the OUPblog, two posts look at the choice and the history of the names given to the new prince.

At the Are You Loving Publishing Today? blog, the blog of Penn State University Press, the topic of discussion this week was Harrisburg’s “Wild West auction,” the sad end of the Old West Museum.

Finally, at North Philly Notes, the blog of Temple University Press, Athan Theoharis has a guest post looking at the ongoing Edward Snowden saga, and what his story forces us to confront about secrecy and accountability in government.

Thanks again for reading this week’s roundup! Have a great weekend, and leave any thoughts in the comments!

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