The Growth of the Scholarly Publishing Industry in the U.S.

A Business History of a Changing Marketplace, 1939–1946

  • Albert N. Greco

About this book


This book analyzes the dynamic growth of the U.S. scholarly publishing industry in the United States during 1939-1946, a critical period in the business history of scholarly publications in STM and the humanities and the social sciences. It explains how the key publishing players positioned themselves to take advantage of the war economy and how they used different business and marketing strategies to create the market and demand for scholarly publications. Not only did the atomic threat necessitate a surge in scholarly research, but at the same time scholarly publishing managers prepared for the dramatic shift by anticipating the potential impact of the GI Bill on higher education, creating superb printed products, and by becoming the brand, the source of knowledge and information. The creation of strategic business units and value chains as well as the development of marketing targeting strategies resulted in brand loyalty to certain publishers and publications but also accelerated the growth of the US scholarly publishing industry. Business historians and marketing professors interested in the business strategies of scholarly publishers during World War II will find this book to be a valuable resource.


Scholarly Publishing Publishing History Business History History of Scientific Publishing Humanities and Social Science Publishing History HSS STM Comparative and Differential Advantage

Authors and affiliations

  • Albert N. Greco
    • 1
  1. 1.Fordham UniversityBronx, NYUSA

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