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ity Press Expansion
s Book Production

Since 1954, the scope of the Uni-
versity of Michigan Press has in-
creased to the point where it ranks
among the top university presses
of the country.
The number of books published
annually has increased more than
500 per cent over the last six years,
from a total of nine in 1954 to 46,
last year.
During this same period, the
sales income of the Press has risen
from $104,000 to approximately
$1,150,000, although the Univer-
sity subsidy has declined from a
high of $138,000 in 1955-56 to
$500,000 in 1959-60.
Production Increases
This increase in production and
income is due largely to the in-
creased professionalism of the
Press. Owned by the University
and the state, it was originally a
service agency for the University.
Although its purpose has always
been the same as that of the Uni-
versity, to disseminate knowledge
and publish the results of scholar-
ship, the Press has developed into
a professional publishing depart-
ment, serving the general cause of
education rather than the faculty
The original Press building on
Maynard Street, completed in 1955,
has already become too small for
the rapidly expanding organiza-
In late October, the Press offi-
ces will move to a former post
office on East University which is
now being remodeled for them and
the original building will revert
back to the University.
Press Aims
The aim of the Press is to pub-
lish a wide range of books for an
audience of educated readers with
varied interests. Its books are dis-
tributed by stores and through1
agents all over the world, partic-
ularly in the English speaking
The Press also prints books in
foreign languages and has recently.
undertaken a large-scale program
of Russian publication. Some of
the works included in the project
are not available in the' Soviet
Union because of government cen-
One of the most important such
works is a forthcoming collection
of short stories by the famous
Russian authoreMikhail Zoshchen-
ko, edited by Mark Slonam.
Conjecture Based
The number of copies printed of
each books is based on an expert's
conjecture of the expected sales.
In paperback editions, .7,500. to

10,000 copies are usually printed.
The price is determined by the
production cost in relationship to
expected sales, overhead and ware-
housing costs, and royalties.
The power to approve publica-
tion of a manuscript lies with an
editorial committee composed of
University faculty members. This
committee considers the merits of
the particular work and then sub-
mits its recommendations as to'
Rejection by the committee con-
stitutes an absolute veto on publi-
cation of the book, but acceptance
is merely permissive. A claim to
publication is established only
when a formal contract with the
author has been signed by the
University Regents.
Prepare Manuscripts'
Once a manuscript is accepted,
editing consists mainly in prepar-
ing it for the printer. The respon-
sibility is almost entirely left to
the author, and no actual rewrit-
ing is done.
The University's printing plant
on the North Campus puts out
some of the Press's books, and
others are published by different
printing companies throughout the
Selection of a printer is made
mainly on' an economic basis, and
a press Is often selected especially
for color plates or foreign langu-
age publications.
T"our Includes
U' Visit Today
The Assistant Secretary of the
Treasury in Kenya, Duncan Ndeg-
wa, will visit the University this
On a 120-day tour of the United
States, Ndegwa will spend today
through Sunday on campus. In
this country on aspecialist grant,
he has lectured to numerous
groups on economics.
One of the younger men in Ken-
ya's government, he was a statisti-
cian officer for three years for the
East African High Commission.
Anyone interested in talking ;
with Ndegwa may call him at the
Union or Mrs. Suzanne Myer at
the International Center.

ISA Plans
B-- kl
The International Students' As-
sociation is beginning the season
with a series of bi-weekly debates
and discussions on current contro-
yersial issues.
Starting last night with the po-
litical situation in the Congo and
continuing with the Cuban ques-
tion next week, "We hope to ar-
range a similar discussion when-
ever an area of the world gets
hot," said Elliott Tepper, vice-
president of ISA.
The first Sunday in October, all
the nationality club presidents
with the officers of ISA will meet"
at the home of James M. Davis,
director of the International Cen-
In the future, Tepper suggests
representatives of the nationality
clubs arrive early. The clubs would
being operation sooner, and aid
International Center registration.
"This is still up in the air, but
we may well have this organized
next year," said Tepper.

"The registration forms in use
this fall are perfect in theory,"
Edward G. Groesbeck, director of
the registration and records de-
partment says.
The single form which replaces
the extensive railroad ticket was
used in a small-scale experiment
last February and then replaced
the latter completely for summer
school registration.
Groesbeck hopes that students
will work more carefully on this
shorter form so that the various
officers will have more accurate
information to aid them in servic-
ing the student body.
Accuracy is so important on
these new forms that the checking
staff has been doubled, Groesbeck
said. After thorough checking each
form is placed in a new machine
which takes fifteen, and runs them
off two at a time.
They are then alphabetized be-
fore being sent to the various cam-
pus offices.
Though this theory is thought
to be perfect, Groesbeck com-
mented that changes, aimed at
aiding both students and the Uni-
versity, are made at every regis-

Registration Form 'Perfect in Theory'

THE, EASY WAY-The new "perfect theory" registratioh form,
shown at right, is designed to help eliminate errors and make
things easier for the registering student and is being used in all
schools for the first time during a fall semester. It replaces the
giant "railroad ticket" shown at left.

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