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The Kent State University Press is the publishing arm of Kent State University.

Our imprint is controlled by an editorial board composed of Kent faculty scholars. As a member of the Association of American University Presses, the Press is included in the select group of more than 100 university-sponsored scholarly presses, whose outstanding programs make them an important segment of the academic and publishing communities.

The Press began in 1965 under the direction of Howard Allen and published in the University faculty strengths in literary criticism. In 1972 Paul Rohmann became the Press’s second director and expanded the Press’s publishing program to include regional studies and ethnomusicology. In 1985 historian John Hubbell assumed the directorship and grew the staff and publishing program to include widely regarded lists in Civil War and Ohio history. Today, under director Will Underwood, the Press publishes 35 titles a year in history, literature, and regional studies that further knowledge of the humanities and preserve and promote a literate society.

Retail discount policy  returnable:

Effective 1/1/2020: 

Trade titles=45% - any quantityShort titles=20% - any quantity (Sales rep override to 40%)




40% - 1 - 49 copies, assorted
42% - 50 - 99
44% - 100 - 249
46% - 250 or more
20% - 1 - 4 copies, assorted
30% - 5 or more
Must be prepaid and approved the KSU Press marketing manager.
45% - 1 - 24 copies
50% - 25 - 49
55% 50 or more
The letter “t” following the price of a book in out catalogs and “Books in Print” indicates trade discount; no letter or an “s” indicates a short discount.



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