HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERS LLC is one of the world's largest publishing
companies and is one of the "Big Five " English-language publishing
companies, alongside Hachette , Macmillan ,
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House , and
Simon & Schuster . The company is headquartered in New York City and
is a subsidiary of
News Corp . The company name is a combination of
several publishing firm names:
Harper & Row , an American publishing
company acquired in 1987, whose own name was the result of an earlier
Harper & Brothers
Harper & Brothers (founded 1817) and Row, Peterson together
with UK publishing company
William Collins, Sons (founded 1819),
acquired in 1990.
The worldwide CEO of
HarperCollins is Brian Murray. HarperCollins
has publishing groups in the
United States ,
Canada , the United
New Zealand ,
China . The company
publishes many different imprints , both former independent publishing
houses and new imprints.
* 1 History
* 1.1 Collins
* 1.2 Harper
* 1.3 Mergers and acquisitions
* 1.4 Management history
United States v.
* 1.6 U.S. warehouse closings
* 2 Notable books
* 2.1 Harper Children\'s Books
* 3 Imprints
* 3.1 Current
* 3.1.1 Adult
* 3.1.2 Children
* 3.1.3 Christian
* 3.1.4 Audio
* 3.1.5 Bureau
* 3.1.6 Digital
* 3.2 Defunct
* 4 Business strategy
* 4.1 Web approach
* 4.2 Speakers Bureau
* 4.3 HarperStudio
* 5 Controversies
If I Did It
* 5.2 Ben Collins
* 5.3 East and West
* 5.4 eBooks
* 5.5 Omission of Israel from an atlas
What the (Bleep) Just Happened?
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
The News Building , HarperCollins's UK headquarters in London
William Collins, Sons
MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS
In 1989, Collins was bought by
Rupert Murdoch 's
News Corporation ,
and the publisher 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 set of flames atop waves.
News Corporation purchased the Hearst
Book Group, consisting
of William Morrow ">
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
Zondervan 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.
Brian Murray, the current CEO of HarperCollins, succeeded Jane
Friedman 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
Apple Inc. , naming Apple , HarperCollins, and four other
major publishers as defendants. The suit alleged that they conspired
to fix prices for e-books , and weaken
Amazon.com 's position in the
market, in violation of antitrust law .
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 price-fixing.
U.S. WAREHOUSE CLOSINGS
It was announced to employees privately and then later in the day on
November 5, 2012, that
HarperCollins was closing its remaining two
U.S. warehouses, in order to merge shipping and warehousing operations
with R. R. Donnelley in Indiana. The Scranton, PA warehouse closed in
September 2013 and a Nashville, TN warehouse, under the name (D.B.A.)
Thomas Nelson (which distributes the religious arm of
Zondervan Books), in the winter of 2013. Several office
positions and departments continued to work for
Scranton, but in a new location.
The Scranton warehouse closing eliminated approximately 200 jobs, and
the Nashville warehouse closing eliminated up to 500 jobs (exact
number of distribution employees is unknown).
HarperCollins previously closed 2 U.S. warehouses, one in
Williamsport, PA in 2011 and another in Grand Rapids, MI 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
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.
HarperCollins maintains the backlist of many of the books originally
published by their many merged imprints, in addition to having picked
up new authors since the merger. Authors published originally by
Mark Twain , the
Brontë sisters and William Makepeace
Thackeray . Authors published originally by Collins include H. G.
Agatha Christie and
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien . This is a list of some
of the more noted books, and series, published by
their various imprints and merged publishing houses. This is a dynamic
list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for
completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably sourced
* An Unconventional Love , Adeline Harris ( 2010).
The Art of Loving ,
Erich Fromm (1956)
Master and Commander
Master and Commander , Patrick O\'Brian (1970) (adapted into the
2003 film Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World )
* the Leaphorn and Chee books ,
Tony Hillerman (1970–2006)
Collins English Dictionary
Collins English Dictionary (1979), a major dictionary
* Sharpe series ,
Bernard Cornwell (1981–2006)
* Frida: A Biography of
Frida Kahlo , Hayden Herrera (1983), adapted
into the 2002 film
Clive Barker (1987)
Paladin Poetry Series (1987–1993)
* Of Gravity ">
HarperCollins has published the following notable children's books:
This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular
standards for completeness. You can help by expanding it with reliably
I Can Read! series for beginning readers, including the Amelia
Peggy Parish ),
Frog and Toad (
Arnold Lobel ) and Little Bear
Else Holmelund Minarik and
Maurice Sendak ) books
* the Warriors series
A Series of Unfortunate Events ,
A Taste of Blackberries ,
Doris Buchanan Smith (1973)
Skulduggery Pleasant series ,
* Bart Simpson\'s Guide to Life (1993)
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 series,
Darren Shan and Takahiro Arai
The Dangerous Book for Boys , Conn and Hal Iggulden (2006)
Garth Nix (1995)
A Barrel of Laughs, a Vale of Tears ,
Jules Feiffer (1995)
Mister God, This Is Anna , Fynn (pseudonym of
Sydney Hopkins )
Little House on the Prairie series, Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Wolves in the Walls
The Wolves in the Walls ,
Neil Gaiman and
Dave McKean (2003)
* Monster ,
Walter Dean Myers (1999)
Neil Gaiman and
Dave McKean (2002)
* the Pretty Little Liars series, by
Sara Shepard (2007–present)
Surviving the Applewhites ,
Stephanie S. Tolan (2002)
Ruby Redfort (series),
Lauren Child (2011)
* Divergent , Veronica Roth (2011)
The School for Good and Evil ,
Soman Chainani (2013–present)
HarperCollins has over 120 book imprints , 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 English
and bilingual dictionaries based on the
Bank of English , a large
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:
* 4th Estate/Fourth Estate
* Amistad , primarily books of African-American interest, named for
the storied ship
* Avon Red
* Avon Romance
* Bourbon Street Books
* Broadside Books
* Dey Street
* Carina Press
* Harlequin Teen
* Harlequin Kimani Arabesque
* Harlequin Kimani TRU
* Harlequin Kimani Press
* Harlequin Luna
* Park Row Books
* Rogue Angel
* Worldwide Mystery
* Harper Business
* Harper Design
* Harper Paperbacks
Harper Perennial , originally Perennial Library
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
* HarperLuxe (Large print)
* HarperImpulse (Digital first imprint)
* HarperTrue (Non Fiction digital first)
* HarperVoyager, formerly Voyager, HarperCollins’s worldwide sf &
fantasy imprint, combining the UK imprint
Fiction & Fantasy (which had inherited the sf & fantasy list of
Collins’s Grafton Books and its predecessors (Granada, Panther ), as
J. R. R. Tolkien
J. R. R. Tolkien ’s books from the acquisition of George
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin ) and the US imprint Eos (from the acquisition of Avon
Books , which incorporated the former
Harper Prism )
* Killer Reads (digital first Crime -webkit-column-count: 2;
* Unwin Hyman (defunct, once known as
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin , which is now
an independent Australian publisher)
Angus & Robertson
Angus & Robertson
Julie Andrews Collection
* Avon A
* Cliff Street Books
* Collins Press
Collins Bartholomew , cartographic publisher
* Collins GEM
* Eos Books, science fiction/fantasy, formerly an
Avon Books imprint
* Harper & Brothers
* Harper & Row
Harper Perennial Modern Thought
Harper Prism , science fiction imprint (merged with Eos)
* Harper San Francisco, with a focus on religious and spiritual
* Harper Torch
* Harper Trophy, children's book imprint
* Harper True
* Lothrop , Lee "> 2008 conference booth
In order to boost book sales and reach the online market,
HarperCollins has created a browsing feature on its website, whereby
customers can read selected excerpts from books before purchasing.
There are some concerns among publishers with this approach because
they feel that the online books could be exploited by file-sharing.
In addition, excerpts of books are also available to mobile phone
HarperCollins were first to market with an innovative approach
to slushpile management with the introduction of the authonomy
website. From 2009 to 2010, they operated
Bookarmy , a social
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.
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 2005 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
Ted Sorensen , and
Kate White .
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 Hyperion , the adult
books division of the
Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney Company . HarperStudio folded in
March 2010 after Miller left for
Workman Publishing .
India Pvt Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary
HarperCollins Worldwide. It came into being in 1992 thereby,
completing 25 years in
India and almost 200 years globally. Not only a
India is the world’s largest
entertainment to education publisher.
India has shown immense growth in the past few years
publishing fiction, non-fiction and poetry penned down by diverse
writers such as Nayantara Sahgal, A.P.J Kalam, Jaishree Mishra, S.
Raghuram Rajan , Kamala Das, Kunal Basu, Tarun Tejpal,
Deepak Chopra, Rana Dasgupta, Kiran Nagarkar, Ruchir Joshi, Meghnad
Desai, Mukul Deva and Anita Nair. The publishing company has also
successfully built a list of talented first time writers including
Advaita Kala, Anuja Chauhan, Karan Bajaj, Jahnvi Achrekar, Amitabh
Bagchi, Kishwar Desai, Pallavi Aiyar and Ameen Merchant. HarperCollins
India is also the publisher of The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga,
winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008.
HarperCollins India’s local publishing imprints include Fourth
Harper Perennial and Harper Litmus, making it a well-known
publishing house. Moreover, growing list of writers in the Harper
Hindi programme include Jyotsna Milan, Sara Rai, Ibne Safi, Geetanjali
Sree, Teji Grover and Indu Jain. Apart from the Hindi and English
titles, we are also committed to building a quality poetry list and
have published Priya Sarrukkai Chhabria, C.P. Surendran and Karthika
Adding more titles to the list,
HarperCollins India’s distribution
includes books by writers such as Doris Lessing, Paulo Coelho, Amitav
Ghosh, JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, Jack Welch, Jack Higgins,
Alistair Maclean, Ken Blanchard, Isaac Asimov, Michael Crichton, Sam
Bourne, Cecilia Ahern, Isabelle Allende, Jeffrey Archer, Andrew Gross
and The Dalai Lama.
India on Television by Nalin Mehta, winning the Best Book
India has made a mark as a marketing leader in
the publishing industry and has won the Excellence Award at the Asian
Publishing Award 2009 and 2011.
Adding more awards to the list,
India has also won the
Tata Lit Live! Publisher of the Year 2016 along with First
Book of the
year (Non Fiction) for The Ivory Throne by Manu S. Pillai &
the Year (Fiction) for Selection Day by Arvind Adiga. In 2016,
HarperCollins won a series of awards for Gita Press and the Making of
India by Akshay Mukul (Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in
Book of the Year award, The Shakti Bhatt Award First book
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