Our Independent Publisher Spotlight for May features Lynne Rienner Publishers. Read below as we explore and learn more about this independent publisher!
Celebrating 32 years of independent publishing, Lynne Rienner Publishers is proud of its high-quality, peer-reviewed scholarly books and textbooks. Our emphasis is on comparative politics, international relations, development, post-conflict state-building, criminal justice, and issues related to diversity. We also have a small list of literature in translation, including books by such notable authors as Naguib Mahfouz, Ghassan Kanafani, Derek Walcott, and Tawfiq al-Hakim. Our distribution clients include Holmes & Meier Publishers, the University of St Andrews Centre for Syrian Studies, and Kyungnam University Press.
In 2008 we added the FirstForumPress imprint to our publishing portfolio; FFP uses the latest technology to publish important, but very specialized, work that might otherwise be overlooked because of today’s market constraints. Kumarian Press (a 2013 acquisition) is also an important part of the mix, with its reputation for practically oriented books dealing with an array of challenging global issues.
Our origins date back to 1984, when Lynne Rienner found herself butting heads with her then boss and the founder of Westview Press, Fred Praeger. Eventually “invited to leave” Westview, Lynne was quickly encouraged by authors and colleagues to start her own publishing company. “My goal was to combine the quality level of a university press with the necessary efficiencies of an independent press. And happily, that is the niche that we have established for ourselves.”
“Independent” means a lot of different things to us: Taking chances on new ideas. Being free of the restrictions of corporate headquarters. Publishing each book with care, from the external review process ... to professional copy-editing, typesetting, and proofreading ... to quality manufacturing ... to thorough promotion and worldwide distribution.
Where we are not independent is in our relationship with the community of people whom we publish, and publish for. One of the aspects of publishing that all of us here love most is being part of that international, interdependent community. And as part of that community, we are determined to keep our prices as low as possible.
Over the past 30 plus years, the publishing industry has changed immensely. We strive to embrace the changes, aiming to deliver our books in the format/s that our customers want. RedShelf helps us to do just that.
We are looking forward to 30 more years of relevant, successful publishing!