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NEWS: February 2020

Taking on the role of Executive Chair, Central European University Press

NEWS: February 2018

Frances Pinter wins
the University Press REDUX Award

Redux Award Pinter
Dr Frances Pinter receiving the REDUX award from
Lara Speicher, UCL Press


Frances Pinter is a business and social entrepreneur with a strong background in publishing and education.


Frances Pinter



Frances Pinter PhD

  • Founder of Pinter Publishers
  • Publishing Director – the Soros Foundation/Open Society Institute
  • CEO International House Trust
  • Researcher at Oxford University and the
    London School of Economics
  • Publisher – Bloomsbury Academic
  • Founder – Knowledge Unlatched
  • CEO Manchester University Press
  • Senior Research Fellow – School of Advanced Study, University of London

NEWS February 2020
Frances Pinter takes on new role of Executive Chair, Central European University Press – full Bookseller story

NEWS February 2018
Frances Pinter wins the inaugural UP Redux Award – full Bookseller story

At the age of 23, I was the first woman to establish her own publishing company in the UK.  Pinter Publishers became a leader in the social sciences.  We launched one of the first environmental studies imprints Belhaven Press and acquired the humanities imprint Leicester University Press.

After 20 years I was invited by philanthropist and financier George Soros to devise multi-million dollar programmes supporting publishing and education in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union after the fall of Communism.

I've enjoyed international experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the commercial and non-profit sectors. I've established companies, and advised others on how to set up new operations and transform existing ones.

At the turn of the century I took a short break from publishing and was CEO of International House Trust, which supports language training around the world.

I've been a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics, acted as consultant to Creative Commons and ran a research project on alternative licencing practices in developing countries for IDRC. I also ran a project looking into the international intellectual property reform agenda funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Bloomsbury Academic, a new imprint of Bloomsbury Publishers, appointed me in 2008 as its founding publisher. I was also the publisher of the digitised Winston Churchill Archive collection online, launched in 2012.

I completed a three-year position as CEO of Manchester University Press and continued to work on Open Access issues on the boards of Knowledge Unlatched that I founded in 2012, and Knowledge Unlatched Research that I established later in 2016. Having handed over the reigns of these Open Access initiatives I am now researching the history of book-burning with an institutional connection at the LSE and the School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Publishing is in my blood and I am on the advisory boards and committees of three small university presses on three continents; the newly reconstituted University of London Press, the Australian National University Press and Wits University Press in South Africa. Recently I’ve taken on the role of Executive Chair at the Central European University Press.

Frances Pinter CV here

Why Book Processing Charges (BPCs) Vary So Much
Journal of Electronic Publishing, 2018

A Landscape Study on Open Access and Monographs: Policies, funding and publishing in Eight European Countries
by Eelco Ferwerda, Frances Pinter, Niels Stern, 2017

Knowledge Unlatched:
Toward an Open and Networked Future for Academic Publishing
Frances Pinter, Knowledge Unlatched
and Lucy Montgomery, Knowledge Unlatched
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Development of book publishing business models
and finances
Frances Pinter with Laura White
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Chapter from Academic and Professional Publishing

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2015: Frances Pinter receives
the Honorary Degree of
Doctor of Letters
from Curtin University and is now an adjunct professor at Curtin

Dr Frances Pinter

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