April 1-15, 2004 Edition


University Press

to Cease Operation

3/19/04—Northeastern University will shut down its university press publishing program by the end of this year when it releases the last of its fall 2004 titles. A staff of nine people will be let go between now and October, according to acting director Jill Bahcall. The press will continue to sell titles scheduled for its fall season. It had produced about 35 titles per year.

The move was prompted by higher production costs and a high rate of returns, despite the fact that it had a New York Times Bestseller in Simon Reeve’s The New Jackals: Ramzi Yousef, Osama Bin Laden, and the Future of Terrorism, following the 9/11 attacks. Though the book sold well, it had returns of 20,000 copies the following year.

NU Press was founded in 1977 by Bill Frohlich, who headed the operation until his retirement last year.