AU Press: Speaking power to truth

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A power of being online Much of the discussion surrounding the U.S. election has taken place on social media: memes of Donald Trump’s latest outrageous statements, extremist groups pledging allegiance to candidates on Twitter, fact-checkers verifying a candidate’s claims in real-time, and heated exchanges in the comment boxes of every major news outlet. It’s clear that online … [Read more...]

AU Press shortlisted in publishing awards

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The impressive work to date of our very own AU Press is being lauded by The Book Publishers Association of Alberta (BPAA). Last week it announced the 2016 contenders for its annual Alberta Book Publishing Awards, and AU press is on the shortlist in two categories. The BPAA award shortlist recognizes the works of publishers across Alberta. Jurors in the publishing industry from … [Read more...]

The Digital Nexus

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An exciting new book called The Digital Nexus: Identity, Agency, and Political Engagement has just been published by AU Press. Edited and introduced by MA-IS professor, Dr. Raphael Foshay, this cutting-edge set of reflections emerged from a symposium of the same name, hosted by the MA-IS Program. More than a half-century ago, in The Gutenberg Galaxy (1962), Marshall McLuhan noted … [Read more...]

Hot off the AU Press: new sustainability book with a community focus

Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability

Athabasca University Press (AU Press) has just released the book, Scaling Up: The Convergence of Social Economy and Sustainability, co-edited by AU’s Dr. Michael Gismondi. The book examines the potential of the social economy to transform the systems that make our current ways of life unsustainable. Gismondi, the book's lead editor, is a professor of sociology and global studies … [Read more...]

#UPWeek is happening now: See what AU Press has in store during University Press Week

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It’s exciting times at AU Press these days. Not only have we updated our look with our new and dazzling blog, but this week through November 14, we’re joining our many scholarly colleagues around the world to celebrate University Press Week .  And you can join in the festivities, too! Getting involved in the celebration is easy. Search the hashtag #UPWeek or #ReadUP to find out … [Read more...]

AU Press – New Publication: van Gogh’s “My Own Portrait in Writing”

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“I’d also like to see if I can’t make my own portrait in writing. First I start by saying that to my mind the same person supplies material for very diverse portraits.” ~ Vincent van Gogh, Arles, 1888 Vincent van Gogh’s life and work has been thoroughly studied by art critics, historians, and biographers. We know about the artist’s personal struggles and the development of his … [Read more...]

Next CIDER Webinar Monthly Session – June 3

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The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) is continuing to present its Community of Inquiry Webinar Series. This includes monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions will feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry … [Read more...]

Five hundred thousand downloads and counting

Just a few of the impressive and diverse book titles under the AU Press imprint. Photo by Megan Hall

At the launch of AU Press in 2007, Alvin Finkel, a member its editorial committee, told the crowd he is often asked by authors: “Will I make any money if I publish with an open-access press?” He quipped: “Well, you don’t make any money publishing a scholarly monograph anyway, at any press—but AU Press can offer you immortality!” And if download numbers are a further indication … [Read more...]