Annual Report 2013-2014

Letter from the Director

darrin2For the second year in a row, University Press of Colorado topped $1,000,000 in operating revenue. Print sales continue to produce the lion's share of that earned revenue, with 86% of revenue generated by sales of print books. Ebook sales generated 10% of operating revenue, and rights and permissions generated another 4%. Ebook sales, however, continue to produce the best results in terms of top-line growth. Although we did see modest growth of 2% in print sales compared with last fiscal year, our ebook sales were up 24%. Our rights and permissions income was up 165% compared with last year, the result of a one-time sale of a special hardcover edition of Yellowstone Wildlife exclusive to Images of Nature stores, including their outlet in Denver International Airport.

In 2013–2014, UPC produced thirty-eight new print titles and editions in the fields of anthropology, composition, folklore, history, natural history, and even veterinary medicine. Six Colorado and Utah State titles won awards this year, and we also published or distributed a number of important publications from member faculty and departments, including Basic Veterinary Immunology (Gerald N. Callahan, Colorado State University), Blue Heron (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), Folklore Rules: A Fun, Quick, and Useful Introduction to the Field of Academic Folklore Studies (Lynne S. McNeill, Utah State University), Hungry Moon (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), Intimacy (Winner of the 2013 Colorado Prize for Poetry, distributed for Colorado State University), Into the Night: Tales of Nocturnal Wildlife Expeditions (Rick A. Adams, University of Northern Colorado), Letters from the Headwaters (Aaron A. Abeyta, Adams State University, distributed for Western Press Books at Western State Colorado University), Man in the Moon: Essays on Fathers and Fatherhood (Stephanie G'Schwind, Colorado State University, and distributed for Colorado State University), The Logan Notebooks (Mountain West Poetry Series, distributed for Colorado State University), and Wearing Culture: Dress and Regalia in Early Mesoamerica and Central America (Heather Orr, Western State Colorado University).

Finally, 2013–2014 was a building year. Amid the flurry of publishing activity noted above, we increased our staff by one full-time equivalent—a 12.5% increase—in support of editorial and production, with an eye toward being able to release more new titles in the current fiscal year. We also completed most of the work on several significant textbooks that will be published in 2014–2015, including the eagerly awaited A Prehistory of South America by Jerry D. Moore.

—Darrin Pratt, Director

UPC Board of Trustees

Kathleen Bollard
University of Colorado System

Katherine E. Browne
Colorado State University

Richard Clement
Utah State University

Bradford Cole
Utah State University

Edward R. Crowther
Adams State University

Tom Gorell
Colorado State University

Stephen J. Leonard
Metropolitan State University

Suzanne MacCaulay
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

Pete McCormick
Fort Lewis College

Thomas J. Noel
University of Colorado at Denver

Heather Orr
Western State Colorado University

Jared Orsi
Colorado State University

Thomas Reynolds
Regis University

Payson Sheets
University of Colorado at Boulder

Jeannie Thomas
Utah State University

Jay Trask
University of Northern Colorado

Mary Van Buren
Colorado State University