Authors Abandon Missouri Press Amid Changes

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – Some authors unhappy with the University of Missouri’s decision to revamp its academic publishing business may take their book projects elsewhere.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that the disgruntled authors include former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton. He says his memoirs are a “Missouri story” but will be published outside the state after university president Tim Wolfe’s decision to close the 54-year-old publishing house.

Don Spivey, whose biography of baseball great Satchel Paige was published by the university press earlier this year, has asked the school to return his publishing rights.

The university announced Monday that it plans to replace the press with a digital publishing operation that will rely largely on student workers and be overseen by the editor of the Missouri Review, a literary journal.

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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune

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