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Last modified: Tuesday, May 19, 2009

IU Press director named one of top 50 women in book publishing

May 19, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Janet Rabinowitch, director of Indiana University Press, has been named one of the top 50 women in book publishing by Book Business magazine. This magazine's inaugural list recognizes leaders in the industry who influence how publishing companies do business as well as what and how consumers read.


Janet Rabinowitch

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The women selected represent various segments of the publishing industry from educational publishers and university presses to the world's largest trade houses. They include such well-known figures as Carol Reidy, president and CEO of Simon and Schuster Inc.; Nan Talese, senior vice president of Doubleday and publisher and editorial director of Nan A. Talese/Doubleday at Random House Inc.; and Ellie Berger, president of Trade Publishing at Scholastic Inc.

Rabinowitch joined IU Press in 1975 and served in various positions including editorial director; she became director in 2003. She has acquired and sponsored the publication of some 800 books -- including works with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and the United Nations Intellectual History Project -- and overseen the creation of electronic content delivery Web sites INscribe and the forthcoming IU Press Online.

Along with recognizing the top 50 women in book publishing, Book Business shares a tip from each one. Rabinowitch's tip is: "Balance the big picture and the daily detail, and manage to keep on top of both."

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Indiana University Press, founded in 1950, is recognized internationally as a leading academic publisher specializing in the humanities and social sciences. It produces approximately 140 new books annually, in addition to 30 journals, and maintains a backlist of some 2,000 titles. It emphasizes scholarship but also publishes text, trade and reference titles.

Its major subject areas include African, African American, Asian, cultural, Jewish and Holocaust, Middle East, Russian and East European, and women's and gender studies; anthropology, film, history, bioethics, music, paleontology, philanthropy, philosophy and religion. It also features an extensive regional publishing program under the Quarry Books imprint.