KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – University of Missouri officials say they’re replacing the University of Missouri Press with a digital publishing operation.

The university announced in May that the $400,000 subsidy for the press would end and its 10 employees would be laid off or reassigned.

The Kansas City Star (http://bit.ly/NzHUka) reports that UM System President Tim Wolfe said Monday the university knew there’d be disapproval to closing the press, but it didn’t expect the huge outcry it generated. Nearly 5,500 people have signed an online petition in support of saving the press.

MU Provost Brian Foster says complete details about the new press may not be available for a year. But he says the newly designed University Press will use the MU Reynolds Journalism Institute to research innovative electronic ways to deliver scholarly books

Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com 

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