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Historical Development of Oxford University Press: – University of Oxford began printing around 1480 – Laud obtained privilege to print King James Version of Scripture […]

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Historical Development of Oxford University Press:
– University of Oxford began printing around 1480
– Laud obtained privilege to print King James Version of Scripture
– OUP began printing Oxford Almanack in 1674
– Blackstone’s reforms fully adopted by 1760
– Price initiated the Oxford English Dictionary project in 1879
– First edition of the Dictionary completed in 1928, costing around £375,000

Innovation and Modernization at Oxford University Press:
– Combe missed commercial potential of India paper
– Bartholomew Price appointed in 1868 to modernize the press
– Henry Frowde became Publisher to the university in 1880
– Price recommended an efficient executive officer for press in 1868
– Price initiated publishing in its own right

Global Operations and Expansion of Oxford University Press:
– OUP expanded overseas trade in the early 20th century
– OUP Southern Africa started publishing local authors in the 1960s
– OUP North American branch primarily distributes Oxford Bibles
– OUP USA had published 18 Pulitzer Prize–winning books by the end of 2021
– OUP established a Music Department in 1923

Controversies and Legal Issues Involving Oxford University Press:
– Tehran Book Fair controversy involved OUP breaking an embargo
– OUP lost its tax exemption in India in 2001 after a 28-year battle
– OUP faced criticism for its commercial approach over academic values
– OUP faced consequences for bribery in East Africa
– Uighur controversy raised concerns about human rights abuses

Oxford University Press Entities and Notable Works:
– Clarendon Press used for Oxford publications of academic significance
– Oxford University Press Museum showcases printing and history of OED
– Notable authors include J.R.R. Tolkien and Salman Rushdie
– Awards include Queen’s Award for Enterprise and British Book Industry Awards
– Publications include Oxford English Dictionary and Oxford World’s Classics

Oxford University Press (Wikipedia)

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the publishing house of the University of Oxford. It is the largest university press in the world. The first book was printed in Oxford in 1478, with the Press officially granted the legal right to print books by decree in 1586. It is the second oldest university press after Cambridge University Press, which was founded in 1534.

Oxford University Press
Parent companyUniversity of Oxford
Founded1586; 438 years ago (1586)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Headquarters locationOxford, England
Key peopleNigel Portwood (Secretary to the Delegates and CEO)
Publication types
No. of employees6,000

It is a department of the University of Oxford. It is governed by a group of 15 academics, the Delegates of the Press, appointed by the vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford. The Delegates of the Press are led by the Secretary to the Delegates, who serves as OUP's chief executive and as its major representative on other university bodies. Oxford University Press has had a similar governance structure since the 17th century. The press is located on Walton Street, Oxford, opposite Somerville College, in the inner suburb of Jericho.

For the last 400 years, OUP has focused primarily on the publication of pedagogical texts and continues this tradition today by publishing academic journals, dictionaries, English language resources, bibliographies, books on Indology, music, classics, literature, history, as well as bibles and atlases.

OUP has offices worldwide, primarily in locations once part of the British Empire.

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