The CUNY Graduate School of Journalism is launching the CUNY Publishing Institute in June, a five-day intensive course on book publishing led by prominent digital and print publishing professionals.

John Oakes, a veteran of traditional publishing and cofounder of the Internet-based OR Books, will direct the Institute. Other headliners include Jane Friedman, CEO, Open Road Media, and Larry Kirshbaum, president of Amazon Publishing.

The focus of the June 3-7, 2013 workshop will be on new digital technologies and how they have changed book publishing, from book production, to marketing and distribution, contracts and royalties.

The course is directed at young professionals already in publishing, recent graduates contemplating publishing as a career, authors who wish to understand how the business works and new options open to them, and entrepreneurs interested in starting a publishing venture.

Others teaching at the Institute will include: Johnny Temple, publisher, Akashic Books; Joe Craig, editor-in-chief, the History Book Club and Scientific American Book Club; Elizabeth Dyssegaard, editorial director, Hyperion Books; and Aziz Isham, president, reKiosk, a new approach to selling books and other digital media on the web.

For more information, contact John Oakes at or 212-463-0316 and visit