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HarperCollins Publishers LLC is one of the
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English-language publishing companies, alongside
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Penguin Random House
,
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Simon & Schuster
,
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* Hach ...
, and
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. The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of
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. The name is a combination of several publishing firm names:
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, an American publishing company acquired in 1987—whose own name was the result of an earlier merger of
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(founded in 1817) and Row, Peterson & Company—together with Scottish publishing company
William Collins, Sons William Collins, Sons (often referred to as Collins) was a Scottish printing and publishing company founded by a Presbyterian schoolmaster, William Collins, in Glasgow in 1819, in partnership with Charles Chalmers, the younger brother of Thomas ...
(founded in 1819), acquired in 1989. The worldwide CEO of HarperCollins is Brian Murray. HarperCollins has publishing groups in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, India, and China. The company publishes many different
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s, both former independent publishing houses and new imprints.


History


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Mergers and acquisitions

Collins was bought by
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Rupert Murdoch
's
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in 1989, and was combined with Harper & Row, which NewsCorp had acquired two years earlier. In addition to the simplified and merged name, the logo for HarperCollins was derived from the torch logo for Harper and Row, and the fountain logo for Collins, which were combined into a stylized depiction of flames atop waves. In 1990, HarperCollins sold J. B. Lippincott & Co., its medical publishing division, to the Dutch publisher
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. In 1996, HarperCollins sold
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and HarperCollins College to Pearson, which merged them with Addison-Wesley Longman. News Corporation purchased the Hearst Book Group, consisting of
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and
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, in 1999. These imprints are now published under the rubric of HarperCollins. HarperCollins bought educational publisher
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in March 2010. In 2011, HarperCollins announced they had agreed to acquire the publisher Thomas Nelson. The purchase was completed on July 11, 2012, with an announcement that Thomas Nelson would operate independently given the position it has in Christian book publishing. Both Thomas Nelson and
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were then organized as imprints, or "keystone publishing programs," under a new division, HarperCollins Christian Publishing. Key roles in the reorganization were awarded to former Thomas Nelson executives. In 2012, HarperCollins acquired part of the trade operations of
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in Canada. In 2014, HarperCollins acquired Canadian romance publisher
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for C$455 million. In 2018, HarperCollins acquired the business publisher
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from the
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. In 2020, HarperCollins acquired the children's publishers Egmont Books UK, Egmont Poland and Schneiderbuch Germany from the
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. On March 29, 2021, HarperCollins announced that it would acquire HMH Books & Media, the trade publishing division of
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, for $349 million. The deal would allow HMH to pay down its debt and focus on digital education. The deal was completed on May 10. As of July 7, 2021, HMH's adult books will be published as Mariner Books, while HMH's children's books will be published as Clarion Books.


Management history

Brian Murray, the current CEO of HarperCollins, succeeded
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who was CEO from 1997 to 2008. Notable management figures include Lisa Sharkey, current senior vice president and director of creative development and Barry Winkleman from 1989 to 1994.


''United States v. Apple Inc.''

In April 2012, the United States Department of Justice filed '' United States v. Apple Inc.'', naming
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, HarperCollins, and four other major publishers as defendants. The suit alleged that they conspired to fix prices for
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, and weaken
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's position in the market, in violation of
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. In December 2013, a federal judge approved a settlement of the antitrust claims, in which HarperCollins and the other publishers paid into a fund that provided credits to customers who had overpaid for books due to the
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.


US warehouse closings

On November 5, 2012, HarperCollins announced to employees privately and then later in the day publicly that it was closing its remaining two US warehouses, to merge shipping and warehousing operations with R. R. Donnelley in Indiana. The Scranton, Pennsylvania, warehouse closed in September 2013 and a Nashville, Tennessee, warehouse, under the name Thomas Nelson (which distributes the religious arm of HarperCollins/Zondervan Books), in the winter of 2013. Several office positions and departments continued to work for HarperCollins in Scranton, but in a new location. The Scranton warehouse closing eliminated about 200 jobs, and the Nashville warehouse closing eliminated up to 500 jobs; the exact number of distribution employees is unknown. HarperCollins previously closed two US warehouses, one in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 2011 and another in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2012. "We have taken a long-term, global view of our print distribution and are committed to offering the broadest possible reach for our authors," said HarperCollins Chief Executive Brian Murray, according to'' Publishers Weekly''. "We are retooling the traditional distribution model to ensure we can competitively offer the entire HarperCollins catalog to customers regardless of location." Company officials attribute the closings and mergers to the rapidly growing demand for e-book formats and the decline in print purchasing.


Internet Archive lawsuit

In June 2020, HarperCollins was one of a group of publishers who sued the
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, arguing that its collection of e-books was denying authors and publishers revenue and accusing the library of "willful mass copyright infringement".


Lindsay Lohan lawsuit

In September 2020, HarperCollins sued
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Lindsay Lohan
for entering into a book deal and collecting a $350,000 advance for a tell-all memoir that never materialized.


Noted books

HarperCollins maintains the backlist of many of the books originally published by its many merged imprints, in addition to having picked up new authors since the merger. Authors published originally by Harper include
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Mark Twain
, the Brontë sisters, and
William Makepeace Thackeray William Makepeace Thackeray (; 18 July 1811 – 24 December 1863) was a British , and . He is known for his works, particularly his 1848 novel ', a panoramic portrait of British society, and the 1844 novel ', which was by . Biography Thack ...

William Makepeace Thackeray
. Authors published originally by Collins include
H. G. Wells Herbert George Wells"Wells, H. G."
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H. G. Wells
and
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Agatha Christie
. HarperCollins also acquired the publishing rights to J. R. R. Tolkien's work in 1990 when
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was bought. This is a list of some of the more noted books and series published by HarperCollins and their various imprints and merged publishing houses. * ''
The Hobbit ''The Hobbit, or There and Back Again'' is a children's fantasy novel by English author J. R. R. Tolkien. It was published in 1937 to wide critical acclaim, being nominated for the Carnegie Medal and awarded a prize from the ''New York Her ...
'', J. R. R. Tolkien (1937) (originally published by
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) * ''
The Lord of the Rings ''The Lord of the Rings'' is an Epic (genre), epic high-fantasy novel by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. Set in Middle-earth, intended to be Earth at some distant time in the past, the story began as a sequel to Tolkien's 1937 c ...
'', J. R. R. Tolkien (1954–55) (originally published by George Allen & Unwin) * '' The Art of Loving'',
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Erich Fromm
(1956) * ''
Master and Commander ''Master and Commander'' is a nautical historical novel by the English author Patrick O'Brian, first published in 1969 in the US and 1970 in UK. The book proved to be the start of the 20-novel Aubrey–Maturin series The Aubrey–Maturin se ...
'',
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(1970) (adapted into the 2003 film '' Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World'') * the '' Leaphorn and Chee books'',
Tony Hillerman Anthony Grove Hillerman (May 27, 1925 – October 26, 2008) was an American author of detective novels and nonfiction works best known for his mystery novels featuring Navajo Tribal Police officers Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee. Several of his works ...
(1970–2006) * ''
The Silmarillion ''The Silmarillion'' () is a collection of mythopoeic stories by the English writer J. R. R. Tolkien, edited and published posthumously by his son Christopher Tolkien Christopher John Reuel Tolkien (21 November 1924 – 16 January 2 ...
'', J. R. R. Tolkien (ed.
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with
Guy Gavriel Kay Guy Gavriel Kay (born November 7, 1954) is a Canadian writer of fantasy Fantasy is a genre of speculative fiction set in a fictional universe, often inspired by real world myth and folklore. Its roots are in oral traditions, which then beca ...

Guy Gavriel Kay
) (1977) (originally published by George Allen & Unwin) * ''
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'' (1979), a major dictionary * ''Sharpe'' series,
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Bernard Cornwell
(1981–2006) * '' Frida: A Biography of Frida Kahlo'', Hayden Herrera (1983), adapted into the 2002 film ''
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Frida
'' * ''
The History of Middle-earth ''The History of Middle-earth'' is a 12-volume series of books published between 1983 and 1996 that collect and analyse much of Tolkien's legendarium Tolkien's legendarium is the body of J. R. R. Tolkien's mythopoeic writing, unpublished in ...
'' series, J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. Christopher Tolkien) (1983-1996) * '' Weaveworld'',
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(1987) * the Paladin Poetry Series (1987–1993) * '' The Alchemist'',
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, (1988) (first published in Portuguese as ''O Alquimista'', 1988) * subsequent novels in the '' Take Back Plenty'' series,
Colin Greenland Colin Greenland (born 17 May 1954 in Dover, Kent, Dover, Kent, England) is a British science fiction writer, whose first story won the second prize in a 1982 Faber & Faber competition. His best-known novel is ''Take Back Plenty'' (1990), winner ...

Colin Greenland
(1990+) * ''Where There's a Will: Who Inherited What and Why'',
Stephen M. Silverman
Stephen M. Silverman
(1991) * '' The Language of the Genes'', Steve Jones (1993) * '' The Gifts of the Body'', Rebecca Brown (1994) * ''
Microserfs ''Microserfs'', published by HarperCollins in 1995, is an epistolary novel by Douglas Coupland. It first appeared in short story form as the cover article for the January 1994 issue of ''Wired (magazine), Wired'' magazine and was subsequently expa ...
'',
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(1995) * ''
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Thoughts
'',
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Tionne Watkins
(1999) * ''
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'' a new translation from the Sanskrit by A. N. D. Haksar (2000) * '' First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers'',
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(2000) * ''
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'',
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(2001) * ''
A Theory of Relativity ''A Theory of Relativity'' () is a 2001 novel written by American author Jacquelyn Mitchard. The book tells the story of a custody battle for a young girl following the sudden death of her parents. Plot summary When Ray and Georgia McKenna-Nye are ...
'',
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(2001) * recent volumes in the ''
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Discworld
'' series by
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(books from 2001 to present) * ''
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'',
Neil Gaiman Neil Richard MacKinnon GaimanBorn as Neil Richard Gaiman, with "MacKinnon" added on the occasion of his marriage to Amanda Palmer. (; born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graph ...
(2001) * '' Boonville'', Robert Mailer Anderson (2003 reprint) * '' Quicksilver'',
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Neal Stephenson
(2003) * ''
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'', a new translation by
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(2003,
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) * ''
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'',
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(2004) * ''
State of fear ''State of Fear'' is a 2004 techno-thriller A techno-thriller or technothriller is a hybrid genre drawing from science fiction, Thriller (genre), thrillers, spy fiction, action (fiction), action, and War novel, war novels. They include a dispro ...
'', by
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(2004) * '' Darkhouse'', Alex Barclay (2005) * ''
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'', Neil Gaiman (2005) * '' The Hot Kid'',
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Elmore Leonard
(2005) * ''
Freaky Green Eyes ''Freaky Green Eyes'' (2003) is the third young adult fiction novel written by Joyce Carol Oates. The story follows the life of 15-year-old Francesca "Franky" Pierson as she reflects on the events leading to her mother's mysterious disappearance. T ...
'', by
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(2006) * ''
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'',
Michael Crichton John Michael Crichton (; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author and filmmaker. His books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide, and over a dozen have been adapted into films. His literary works are usually within t ...
(2006) * '' Domicilium Decoratus'',
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(2006) * ''
Pretty Little Liars ''Pretty Little Liars'' is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard. The series follows the lives of four high sc ...
'',
Sara Shepard Sara Shepard (born April 8, 1977) is an American author. She is known for the bestselling '' Pretty Little Liars'' and '' The Lying Game'' book series, both of which have been turned into television shows on Freeform. Early and personal lif ...
(2006) * '' Mister B. Gone'',
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(Harper) (2007) * ''Loving Natalee: A Mother's Testament of Hope and Faith'', Beth Holloway (2007) (about Natalee Holloway) * ''The Raw Shark Texts'', Steven Hall (author), Steven Hall (2007) * ''The Children of Húrin'', J. R. R. Tolkien (ed. Christopher Tolkien) (2007) * ''The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power'', Jeff Sharlet (writer), Jeff Sharlet (2008) * ''Going Rogue: An American Life'', Sarah Palin (2009) * ''Pirate Latitudes'', Michael Crichton (2009) (posthumous publication) * ''Wolf Hall'', Hilary Mantel (2009) * ''Shattered (Casey book), Shattered: The True Story of a Mother's Love, a Husband's Betrayal, and a Cold-Blooded Texas Murder'', Kathryn Casey (2010) * ''Micro (novel), Micro'', Michael Crichton (2011) (posthumous publication) * ''The Dressmaker of Khair Khana'', Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (2011) * ''A Shot at History: My Obsessive Journey to Olympic Gold'' by Abhinav Bindra (2011) * ''Go Set a Watchman'', Harper Lee (2015) * ''The Poppy War'', R.F. Kuang (2018)


Harper children's books

Children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom was the director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, overseeing the publication of classics such as ''Goodnight Moon'', ''Where the Wild Things Are'', ''The Giving Tree'', ''Charlotte's Web'', Beverly Cleary's series starring Ramona (novel series), Ramona Quimby, and ''Harold and the Purple Crayon''. They were the publishing home of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein, and Margaret Wise Brown. In 1998, Nordstrom's personal correspondence was published as ''Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom'' (illustrated by Maurice Sendak), edited by Charlotte Zolotow. Zolotow began her career as a stenographer to Nordstrom, became her ''protégé'', and went on to write more than 80 books and edit hundreds of others, including Nordstrom's ''The Secret Language'' and the works of Paul Fleischman. Zolotow later became head of the children's books department, and went on to become the company's first female vice president. ''The Chronicles of Narnia'' series by C.S. Lewis, while not originally published by a merged imprint of HarperCollins, was acquired by the publisher. HarperCollins has published these notable children's books: * the I Can Read! series for beginning readers, including the ''Amelia Bedelia'' (Peggy Parish), ''Frog and Toad'' (Arnold Lobel) and ''Little Bear (book), Little Bear'' (Else Holmelund Minarik and Maurice Sendak) books * the Warriors (novel series), ''Warriors'' series * the ''
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'' series, by
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(2007–present) * ''A Series of Unfortunate Events'', Lemony Snicket * ''A Taste of Blackberries'', Doris Buchanan Smith (1973) * Skulduggery Pleasant, ''Skulduggery Pleasant'' series, Derek Landy * ''Bart Simpson's Guide to Life'' (1993) * international rights to Dr. Seuss (inherited from Collins; 1950s-present) * ''Love That Dog'', Sharon Creech (2001) * ''The Giving Tree'', Shel Silverstein (1964) * ''Where the Sidewalk Ends (book)'', Shel Silverstein (1974) * ''The Saga of Darren Shan'', Darren Shan (2000–2004) ** ''Cirque du Freak (manga), Cirque du Freak'' manga series, Darren Shan and Takahiro Arai (2006–2009) * ''The Dangerous Book for Boys'', Conn Iggulden, Conn and Hal Iggulden (2006) * ''Sabriel'', Garth Nix (1995) * ''A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears'', Jules Feiffer (1995) * ''Mister God, This Is Anna'', Fynn (pseudonym of Sydney Hopkins) (1974) * the ''Little House on the Prairie'' series, Laura Ingalls Wilder (1932–2006) * ''The Wolves in the Walls'',
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and Dave McKean (2003) * ''Monster (Walter Dean Myers novel), Monster'', Walter Dean Myers (1999) * ''Coraline'',
Neil Gaiman Neil Richard MacKinnon GaimanBorn as Neil Richard Gaiman, with "MacKinnon" added on the occasion of his marriage to Amanda Palmer. (; born Neil Richard Gaiman, 10 November 1960) is an English author of short fiction, novels, comic books, graph ...
and Dave McKean (2002) * ''Surviving the Applewhites'', Stephanie S. Tolan (2002) * ''The Gollywhopper Games'' (2008) * ''Ruby Redfort'' (series), Lauren Child (2011) * ''Divergent (book), Divergent'', Veronica Roth (2011) * ''The School for Good and Evil'', Soman Chainani (2013–present) * ''Splat the Cat'', Rob Scotton (2007–present) *''Charlotte's Web,'' E. B. White (2015) * ''Little Penguin'', Tadgh Bentley (2015–present) * ''Elinor Wonders Why'' adapted books (2021–present)


Imprints

HarperCollins has more than 120 book
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s, most of which are based in the United States. Collins still exists as an imprint, chiefly for wildlife and natural history books, field guides, as well as for English and bilingual dictionaries based on the Bank of English, a large text corpus, corpus of contemporary English texts. On February 8, 2013, it was announced that some parts of the Collins non-fiction imprint would be merged with the HarperPress imprint to form the new William Collins imprint. HarperCollins imprints (current and defunct, including imprints that existed prior to various mergers) include:


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Adult


Children

* HarperCollins Children's Books ** Harper Festival, a publisher of novelty books founded in 1992 ** HarperTeen ** HarperTeen Impulse (digital imprint) ** HarperTrophy ** Amistad ** Balzer + Bray ** Collins ** Clarion Books ** Greenwillow Books ** HMH Books for Young Readers ** Katherine Tegen Books ** Walden Pond Press ** Blink Young Adult


Christian

* Thomas Nelson ** Grupo Nelson ** Nelson Books ** Tommy Nelson ** W Publishing Group ** WestBow Press *
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** Editorial Vida ** Zonderkidz


Audio

* HarperAudio * Caedmon Audio, Caedmon, audiobooks * HarperCollins Children's Audio


Bureau

* HarperCollins Speakers Bureau


Digital

* HarperCollins e-Books * HarperCollins Productions


Defunct


Business strategy


Web approach

In 2008, HarperCollins launched a browsing feature on its website to allow customers can read selected excerpts from books before purchasing, on both desktop and mobile browsers.HarperCollins (Finally) Offers Free Books Online
This functionality gave the publisher's website the ability to compete with physical bookstores, in which customers can typically look at the book itself, and Amazon (company), Amazon's use of excerpts ("teasers") for online book purchasers.HarperCollins (Finally) Offers Free Books Online
At the beginning of October 2013, the company announced a partnership with online digital library Scribd. The official statement revealed that the "majority" of the HarperCollins US and HarperCollins Christian catalogs will be available in Scribd's subscription service. Chantal Restivo-Alessi, chief digital officer at HarperCollins, explained to the media that the deal represents the first time that the publisher has released such a large portion of its catalog. HarperCollins formerly operated ''authonomy'', an online community of authors, from 2008 to 2015. The website offered an alternative to the traditional "slushpile, slush pile" approach for handling unsolicited manuscripts sent to a publisher with little chance of being reviewed. Using authonomy, authors could submit their work for peer review and ranking by other members; the five highest-ranked manuscripts each month would be read by HarperCollins editors for potential publication. The site was closed after authors "learned to game the system" to earn top-five rankings, and fewer authonomy titles were selected to be published. From 2009 to 2010, HarperCollins operated Bookarmy, a social networking site.


Speakers Bureau

The HarperCollins Speakers Bureau (also known as HCSB) is the first lecture agency to be created by a major publishing house. It was launched in May 2005McGee, Celia
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as a division of HarperCollins to book paid speaking engagements for the authors HarperCollins, and its sister companies, publish. Andrea Rosen is the director. Some of the notable authors the HCSB represents include Carol Alt, Dennis Lehane, Gregory Maguire, Danny Meyer, Mehmet Oz, Sidney Poitier, Ted Sorensen, and Kate White.


HarperAcademic

HarperAcademic
is the academic marketing department of HarperCollins. HarperAcademic provides instructors with the latest in adult titles for course adoption at the high school and college level, as well as titles for first-year and other common read programs at academic institutions. They also attend several major academic conferences to showcase new titles for academic professionals.
HarperAcademic Calling
a podcast produced by the department, provides interviews with authors of noteworthy titles.


HarperStudio

HarperCollins announced HarperStudio in 2008 as a "new, experimental unit... that will eliminate the traditional profit distributions to authors. The long-established author advances and bookseller returns has not proved to be very profitable to either the author or the publisher. The approach HarperStudio is now taking is to offer little or no advance, but instead to split the profit 50% (rather than the industry standard 15%), with the author." The division was headed by Bob Miller, previously the founding publisher of Disney Hyperion, Hyperion, the adult books division of the Walt Disney Company. HarperStudio folded in March 2010 after Miller left for Workman Publishing.


HarperCollins India

HarperCollins Publishers India Pvt Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of HarperCollins Worldwide. It came into being in 1992.


Controversies


''If I Did It''

''If I Did It'' was a book written by O. J. Simpson about his alleged murder of Nicole Simpson, which was planned as a HarperCollins title, and which attracted considerable controversy and a legal battle over publication.


Ben Collins

In August 2010, the company became embroiled in a legal battle with the BBC after a book it was due to publish, later identified as the forthcoming autobiography of racing driver Ben Collins (racing driver), Ben Collins, revealed the identity of The Stig from ''Top Gear (2002 TV series), Top Gear''. In his blog, ''Top Gear'' executive producer Andy Wilman accused HarperCollins of "hoping to cash in" on the BBC's intellectual property, describing the publishers as "a bunch of chancers". On September 1, the BBC's request for an injunction preventing the book from being published was turned down, effectively confirming the book's revelation that "The Stig" was indeed Collins.


''East and West''

The company became embroiled in controversy in 1998 after it was revealed it blocked Chris Patten's (the last British governor of Hong Kong) book ''East and West (book), East and West'' after a direct intervention by the then-CEO of News International,
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. It was later revealed by Stuart Proffitt, the editor who had worked on the book for HarperCollins, that this intervention was designed to appease the Chinese authorities‒of whom the book was critical‒as Murdoch intended to extend his business empire into China and did not wish to cause problems there by allowing the book to be published. Murdoch's intervention caused both Proffitt's resignation from the company and outrage from the international media apart from affiliated companies. Chris Patten later published with Macmillan Publishing, initially in America, where it carried the logo "The book that Rupert Murdoch refused to publish". After a successful legal campaign against HarperCollins, Patten went on to publish the book in the UK in September 1998 after accepting a sum of £500,000 and receiving an apology from Rupert Murdoch.


eBooks

In March 2011, HarperCollins announced it would distribute eBooks to libraries with Digital rights management, DRM enabled to delete the item after being lent 26 times. HarperCollins has drawn criticism of this plan, in particular its likening eBooks, which are purely digital, to traditional paperback trade books, which wear over time.


Omission of Israel from an atlas

In December 2014, ''The Tablet'' reported that an atlas published for Middle East schools did not label Israel on a map of the Middle East. A representative for Collins Bartholomew, a subsidiary of HarperCollins that specializes in maps, explained that including Israel would have been “unacceptable” to their customers in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf and the omission was in line with “local preferences”. The company later apologized and destroyed all the books.


''What the (Bleep) Just Happened?''

HarperCollins announced in January 2017 that they would discontinue selling copies of Monica Crowley's book ''What the (Bleep) Just Happened?'', due to allegations of plagiarism. The 2012 book had lifted passages from a number of sources including columns, news articles and think tank reports. HarperCollins said in a statement to CNN's ''Andrew Kaczynski, KFile'', "The book which has reached the end of its natural sales cycle, will no longer be offered for purchase until such time as the author has the opportunity to source and revise the material.


See also

* Books in the United States * COBUILD – a research facility set up by Collins in conjunction with the University of Birmingham * ''Harper's Magazine'' – a separately owned magazine, although begun by the original Harper & Brothers * List of largest UK book publishers * ''
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''; HarperCollins is the current non-US publisher of the Tolkien series


References


External links

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Greenwillow Books records, 1974–2014
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