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Book Business March/April 2013 : Page 17

“Here in Chicago we still have that second-city attitude.” —Emily Clark Victorson, Allium Press professionals. As the country’s second-largest publishing center, it is an important cog in the wheel. The Windy City’s publishing scene is defined by a lot of publishers, operating in numerous fields, creating books for many different kinds of readers. Academic and University Publishing Chicago is home to a number of academic and univer-sity presses that are based in such prestigious institutions as DePaul, Loyola and Northwestern. Of course, no discussion of academic publishing in Chicago—or aca-demic publishing in general for that matter—would be complete without the juggernaut University of Chicago Press, the country’s largest university press. Editorial Di-rector Christie Henry finds in Chicago a cohesive, col-laborative publishing community. With its unique posi-tion in the city, the University of Chicago Press, which this year will publish about 350 new titles, has devoted some of its resources to publishing books that focus on the region. “We made a strategic decision to more ful-ly engage in regional publishing about a decade ago,” Henry says. “For us, being the Chicago home team has meant significant advantages. It’s wonderful to be here and understand the meat and bones of Chicago.” Association Publishing Chicago is home to more associations than any U.S. city outside of Washington, DC. The American Bar Asso-ciation, American Dental Association, American Library Association, American Medical Association, for instance, are all headquartered here. Association publishing is big business in Chicago, with associations publishing myriad books, journals, newsletters and other publications. Al-though publishing may not be associations’ primary mis-sion, the hundreds of titles Chicago-based associations issue every year speak to the ever-growing importance of the practice to their members. Just as with trade pub-lishers, association publishers are navigating the print– digital transition. “Like everyone else,” says J. Michael Jeffers, publisher at ALA Editions, the publishing arm of the American Library Association, “we are trying to fig-ure out what our customers want and in what format.” Independent Publishing Although it is true that Chicago is no longer home to major trade publishing houses, the city has a rich field of (continued on page 33) | APRIL 2013 17

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