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Re: Not-for-profits & private enterprise
> Thanks, Charles and James, for your thoughtful and meaty reponses. I'd
> like to draw another distinction, however, and see what you think -
> particularly James. You envision much more support (credit cards, fax,
> etc.) than I had ever considered possible OR appropriate.
Richard had discussed these aspects, with the University functioning as a
bank, charging a transaction fee for process credit cards (though his 4%
would barely cover the charge most credit-card companies charge merchants
for each transaction). Once you get into that level of support, where
does it stop?
> The question
> here is simply a page describing the press, listing the books with ISBN
> but no prices, linking to a sample poem from each, and with an e-mail
> address for more information. Does that much support (sort of an expanded
> resume of the university staff member or faculty member-as-publisher) fall
> inside or outside what you would consider appropriate? Again, remember,
> we are talking about a literary press with gross sales of a few thousand
> dollars a year.
I would certainly be comfortable with this level of support from such an
institution. I'm not sure how/where the line should be drawn, and
suspect that any effort at this point to try and make hard and fast
'rules' would quickly become moot as the technology evolves.
> The question has not arisen concerning students (yet.) I am an academic
> administrator with faculty rank. I suspect that faculty who are not
> administrators would be much more likely to do this sort of thing, but
> I'm an active scholar and artist. So my interests in the web are more
> like a faculty member's in certain respects.
Again, the question will quickly become broader as the technology
evolves. Philosophically, I am opposed to a University becoming a
clearinghouse on a commercial scale. If you open up such listings for
faculty, students are like to want similar treatment. If a faculty
member can list such works for sale, why not a student? And then the
question becomes how to you determine what is being listed...could not a
student choose to list other items as well?
> Thanks for all the good thinking!