Arts and Letters Daily returns to the web

New Zealand's best-known website, Arts and Letters Daily was back in business yesterday following the site's purchase by US-based academic publishing house The Chronicle of Higher Education.

New Zealand's best-known website, Arts and Letters Daily was back in business yesterday following the site's purchase by US-based academic publishing house The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Editor and founder, Canterbury University's professor of philosophy Dennis Dutton will resume his role with the site.

"I couldn't imagine a better outcome for the readers of Arts & Letters Daily," says Dutton in a press release about the sale.

"The Chronicle of Higher Education is the premier source for news and information for universities worldwide. Both technically and editorially, it offers immense resources. A bright future for Arts and Letters Daily is now assured."

Dutton had sold AL Daily to US publisher University Business, however that company folded earlier this year and AL Daily was kept running by Dutton, editor Tran Huu Dung and contributions from publisher Jeffrey Kittay. In early October the liquidator announced an auction of the company's assets and Dutton decided that it was time to cease publication. He launched a new site, Philosophy and Literature which now points to the newly relaunched AL Daily site.

A letter from Dutton to the readers on the site ends with the promise: "We’re now back for good."

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