Edinburgh University Press saw a further year of rising sales for the 12 months to end July 2018, with total revenues of £3.43m, 6% up on the previous year. Profits rose to £144,000, up from £99,000 in the prior year.
At £1.87m, print sales were “slightly” ahead of the prior year, but digital sales grew 16% to £520,000. Journal revenues were up 15% and rights and permissions revenues up 14%.
Chief executive Timothy Wright called it “a solid set of results in a market for scholarly publishers that continues to change and challenge”, saying he was "quietly confident" of continuing progress, with books output set to grow by another 10% this year.
In an additional move, Mark Allin, most recently president and c.e.o. of John Wiley, based in New Jersey, has been appointed a non-executive director to the business. Meanwhile Charlotte Mason (right), currently UK business development manager with Pharmaceutical Press, the publishing arm of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, has been appointed head of sales.
Mason will start at EUP on 26th November. Prior to the Pharmaceutical Press, she worked in trade sales for the Octopus Publishing Group.
Mason’s position as head of sales is a new one, resulting from a restructuring of the EUP sales and marketing team. Anna Glazier, formerly head of sales and marketing, will now head up the marketing team only.
Wright said: “As our business continues to grow and the challenges of selling and marketing scholarly works become greater it makes sense to create two distinct teams who will work closely together to deliver this growth. We are delighted to have found someone of the calibre of Charlotte to lead our sales strategy going forward.”
Mason said: “The Press is an exciting place of growth and as the world of academic publishing continues to evolve, I am very much looking forward to working with the EUP team to take it to the next level.”
In a further development at EUP, Adela Rauchova has been promoted to commissioning editor in Islamic and Middle East Studies.