After months years of anticipation, the Joseph Smith Papers Project has finally announced a publisher…The Church Historian’s Press. If you haven’t heard of this press before it’s because it hasn’t existed prior to now. There have been high hopes that a University press (other than BYU’s) would agree to be the publisher, but apparently those hopes have been in vain. Let’s just say that this is disappointing news.
The Project has also launched a project website, which looks to be a great site that will include transcriptions and images of Joseph Smith’s papers, as well as project updates.
Although the announcement of the press is disappointing, let’s remember that this is still a big step. With a press in place we may actually get some volumes by the end of the year. And I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few bets settled when that happens. I know that a prominent member of the Signature Books staff will owe me lunch.