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UNLV Gaming Press Takes Flight at University Libraries

The University Libraries are at the center of one of the most potentially far-reaching developments in scholarly communication at UNLV:  the launch of the UNLV Gaming Press, a new initiative dedicated to issuing books—both electronically and in print—that share the work of UNLV faculty, highlight the rare and unique materials of Special Collections and provide outlets for the serious study of gambling.

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The Press, a collaboration between the University Libraries, the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration and the William S. Boyd School of Law, is a bold new academic start-up that, taking advantage of advances in electronic publishing and print-on-demand systems, will focus initially on publishing the proceedings of conferences held at UNLV or are affiliated with the university and drawing on the breadth and depth of materials associated with the Libraries’ Center for Gaming Research.

“This really is the future of scholarly communication,” says David G. Schwartz, Director of the Center for Gaming Research, who serves as publisher for the Press. “It’s about sharing primary sources and letting scholars share their innovative ways. It’s a testament to the leadership of Dean Iannuzzi that the Libraries is the cornerstone of this endeavor.”

There are several books already in the publication queue. Among them are: Frontiers in Chance: Explorations in Gambling Studies, an anthology of papers published by the Center for Gaming Research as part of its regular series; a reprint of Gambling and Public Policy: International Perspectives, a 1991 collection of papers from the International Conference on Gambling and Risk-Taking; and Regulating Internet Gaming: Challenges and Opportunities, a compilation of papers presented at a conference held at the Boyd School of Law last May.

“The book Regulating Internet Gaming is a collection of chapters from authors who are experts in the field,” says Ngai Pindell, a member of the Gaming Press’ editorial board as well as associate dean of academic affairs at Boyd School of Law. “I am very excited to see the final result and very impressed with the authors' knowledge of the subject and ability to convey this knowledge to others.”

All books will be available electronically in all major formats (Kindle, Nook, Kobo, iBook) and in print. They will be for sale in all major retail channels and available for purchase to libraries around the world.

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