Edinburgh University Press breaks £4m turnover in 2021
12 January 2022
Edinburgh University Press have released
their annual report for the year August 2020 to July 2021.
This year Edinburgh published 256 new books with total book
sales up 9% on last year. The books team commissioned 344 titles
and 9 new series, signing authors from Australia to Israel and Iran
to Turkey with 40% of new authors contracted based outside the UK
and US. There was an 11% increase in the number of authors
returning to EUP to publish their work, reflecting the value placed
in putting authors at the centre of all that they do.
The Press published 50 journals in the 2020-2021 financial year,
with revenues of £1,043k (including rights). Two journals joined
the fold in 2021: Burns Chronicle and Legalities. This was a total
of 1306 journal articles in 2020 - just under 17,000 pages of
journal content - and a 26% increase in downloads against 2019.
Chief Executive Nicola Ramsey said, 'In what
was undoubtedly a challenging year it is fantastic to see such a
strong performance for Edinburgh University Press. In our previous
business plan we had set the target of reaching the £4m milestone
by the end of July 2022. To have hit that goal a year early, and
during a pandemic, speaks to the high quality of publishing across
our books and journals programmes, and to the hard work of all our
staff in delivering this result.'
Head of Finance and Operations Aga Wojda-Gacka
said, 'Financial Year 2021 exceeded all our expectations in terms
of the top and bottom line. We were bracing ourselves to see a
drastic decline in sales and substantial losses but instead, we
generated a healthy profit. Not without sacrifices though - the
effort of the whole team was extraordinary. If this is what we can
achieve in times of crisis and unprecedented change, then the
future looks bright for EUP.'
Chair of the Board of Management Margaret
Hewinson said, 'The commitment and creativity demonstrated
by all staff has been exceptional and the international growth of
the list as well as reaching the £4m milestone reflects that. This
is a great foundation for the new leadership of the Press as it
plans for increased innovation and partnerships in its ambitions to
serve the humanities and social sciences community at a new
For the full report, see the Edinburgh University Press website.