Jane Friedman

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Jane Friedman
Jane Lippman
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.A. New York University
Known forCo-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media
President and CEO of HarperCollins
Parent(s)Ruth and Bert Lippman

Jane Friedman is the Co-Founder of Open Road Integrated Media,[1] which sells and markets ebooks.[2] She was the President and Chief Executive Officer of HarperCollins Publishers Worldwide, one of the world's leading English-language publishers, from 1997 to 2008.

Friedman is credited with inventing the author's tour, now a staple of the industry.[3] Friedman founded and became president of the first audio books division of a trade publisher.

Early life[edit]

Friedman was born to a Jewish family,[4] the daughter of Ruth and Bert Lippman; her father was a graphic artist and her mother was one of New York's original Miss Subways.[5] After graduating from Hewlett High School, Friedman earned a B.A. degree in English from New York University in 1967.[5]


She was executive vice president of Random House, Inc., executive vice president of the Knopf Publishing Group, publisher of Vintage Books, and founder and president of Random House Audio Publishing. She came to HarperCollins from Random House. Her departure from HarperCollins was reported in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times on Wednesday, June 5, 2008.[6]

She has served on the board of the Association of American Publishers, Literacy Partners, Yale University Press, and Poets & Writers, Inc.[7] She is also a member of the American advisory committee of the Jerusalem International Book Fair, the advisory committee to the MFA program in creative writing at The New School and is a vice-chair of the entertainment, media and communications division of the UJA Federation of New York.[8]

In 2011, Friedman secured $8 million in funding from investment companies Azure Capital, Golden Seeds and Kohlberg Ventures.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Friedman lives in Manhattan and East Hampton, New York.[10]


Publishers Weekly Person of the Year;[11] The Wall Street Journal's 50 Women to Watch;[12] Fast Company's Fast 50;[13] New York Magazine's The Influentials.[14]


  1. ^ Rich, Motoko. "New E-Book Company to Focus on Older Titles," New York Times (October 13, 2009).
  2. ^ "Ex-HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman Is Revolutionizing The Publishing Industry. Again. - Business Insider". businessinsider.com. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  3. ^ Gupte, Pranay. "The CEO Credited With Inventing the Author's Tour," New York Sun (August 22, 2005).
  4. ^ Times of Israel: "The Good Old Days Of The Future Of Publishing" by Susan Reimer Archived 2018-08-10 at the Wayback Machine December 16, 2012
  5. ^ a b Gupte, Pranay (22 August 2005). "The CEO Credited With Inventing the Author's Tour". The New York Sun. Retrieved 29 August 2022.
  6. ^ Rich, Motoko. "Chief at Harper Collins is leaving," New York Times (June 5, 2008).
  7. ^ Board of Directors, Poets & Writers. Accessed April 1, 2010.
  8. ^ "Entertainment, Media & Communications," Archived 2012-09-25 at the Wayback Machine UJA Federation of New York. Accessed April 1, 2010.
  9. ^ "Former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman Secures $8 Million In Funding For E-Book Business - Business Insider". articles.businessinsider.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2012. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  10. ^ Jane Friedman's New York Apartment: A Home That Books Built
  11. ^ Milliot, Jim. "Jane Friedman Publishing Person of the Year," December 11, 2006.
  12. ^ "The 50 Women to Watch 2006," Wall Street Journal Online. Accessed April 1, 2010.
  13. ^ Prospero, Michael A. "The 5th Annual Fast 50: 38. Book Database: Jane Friedman," Fast Company (March 2006).
  14. ^ "The Influentials: Books," New York Magazine (May 5, 2006).

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