In his entry The Curious Case of Edwin Mellen Press, which has since been removed from the website, Askey referred to the company as a dubious publisher and a purveyor of second-class scholarship. The librarian went on to advise that, In a time when libraries cannot purchase so much of the first-class scholarship, there is simply no reason to support such ventures.
On the other hand, EMP founder Herbert Richardson claims the post ...Badly hurt our business...People looking for a publisher see that and read it and they just decide not to publish to us. He also claims that Askey's comments are an affront to the scholars that EMP publishes. I'm less concerned about it hurting our business than it hurting the reputation of our authors.