Harper is an American publishing house, currently the flagship imprint of global publisher HarperCollins. James Harper and his brother John, printers by training, started their book publishing business J. & J. Harper in 1817 and their two brothers, Joseph Wesley Harper and Fletcher Harper, joined them in the mid-1820s. The company changed its name to Harper & Brothers in 1833, the headquarters of the publishing house were located at 331 Pearl Street, facing Franklin Square in Lower Manhattan. Harper & Brothers began publishing Harpers New Monthly Magazine in 1850, the brothers published Harpers Weekly, Harpers Bazar, and Harpers Young People. George B. M. Harvey became president of Harpers on Nov.16,1899, Harpers New Monthly Magazine ultimately became Harpers Magazine, which is now published by the Harpers Magazine Foundation. Harpers Weekly was absorbed by The Independent in 1916, which in turn merged with The Outlook in 1928, Harpers Bazar was sold to William Randolph Hearst in 1913 and is now Bazaar, published by the Hearst Corporation.
In 1924, Cass Canfield joined Harper & Brothers and held a variety of positions until his death in 1986. In 1925, Eugene F. Saxton joined the company as an editor, in 1935, Edward Aswell moved to Harper & Brothers as an assistant editor of general books and eventually became editor-in-chief. Aswell persuaded Thomas Wolfe to leave Scribners, after Wolfes death, edited the posthumous novels The Web and the Rock, You Cant Go Home Again, in 1962 Harper & Brothers merged with Row, Peterson & Company to become Harper & Row. Marshall Pickering was bought by Harper and Row in 1988, marshall Pickering itself was formed in 1981 from two long established Christian publishers. Marshall Morgan and Scott, a London-based predominantly Baptist publishing house and Inglis was a long established Glasgow based publisher, publishing largely for the non conformist church in Scotland with many Brethren publications. Rupert Murdochs News Corporation acquired Harper & Row in 1987, the names of these two national publishing houses were combined to create HarperCollins, which has since expanded its international reach with further acquisitions of formerly independent publishers.
The Harper imprint began being used in place of HarperCollins in 2007, after the purchase of Harper & Row by News Corporation, HarperCollins launched a new mass market paperback line to complement its existing trade paperback Perennial imprint. It was known as Harper Paperbacks from 1990 to 2000, HarperTorch from 2000 to 2006, the Harper Establishment, or, How a New York Publishing Giant Was Made. The brothers Harper, a publishing partnership and its impact upon the cultural life of America from 1817 to 1853 Eugene Exman, The House of Harper, NY, Harper & Row
Its mission statement is To honor Christ by equipping people to read and understand the Bible, wherever they are. The website is free for anyone to use, but offers Bible Gateway Plus and it is currently owned by Zondervan. Bible Gateways online bookstore offers more than 500,000 Christian resources and it is an affiliate of Christianbook. com. Started by Nick Hengeveld in 1993 at Calvin College, Bible Gateway was initially planned as a static HTML presentation of the Bible, in 1995, the site moved to the new Gospel Communications Network. The Bible Gateway website was written as a CGI script in Perl. Later versions were written in C++, PHP and Ruby, in late 2008, Zondervan acquired Bible Gateway from Gospel Communications. The sale of the site came after two years of continued financial difficulties on the part of the donation-driven GospelCom ministry, in June 2009, Joseph Park was hired as president of BibleGateway. com. Park was co-founder and former CEO of Kozmo. com, which was the subject of the documentary film e-Dreams and he was co-founder and former CEO of Askville, which is now owned by Amazon. com.
In May 2010, Rachel Barach replaced Park as General Manager of Bible Gateway
Thomas Nelson (publisher)
Thomas Nelson is a publishing firm that began in West Bow, Scotland, in 1798 as the namesake of its founder. It is a subsidiary of HarperCollins, the unit of News Corp. Their most successful title to date is Heaven Is for Real, in Canada, the Nelson imprint is used for educational publishing. In the United Kingdom, it was a publisher until the late 20th Century and is now part of another educational imprint. The company gained its ‘Sons’ when William and Thomas Jr. entered their father’s business in 1835 and 1839, Thomas Sr. died in 1861 and is buried in the extreme NW corner of Grange Cemetery in Edinburgh. William concentrated his talents on the side, while Thomas Jr. devoted his to editing. Their Hope Park Works in Edinburgh burned down in 1878 and the city council allowed temporary accommodation on the Meadows, in appreciation, the company funded the stone pillars at the east end of Melville Drive. William Nelson died in 1887 and Thomas Jr. died in 1892 and they were succeeded by George Brown, Thomas’s nephew, who directed the company until Thomas III and Ian, Thomas Jr.
s sons, were able to join him and John Buchan as partners. Buchan, employed by the firm until 1929, dedicated his novel The Thirty Nine Steps to Thomas III in 1914, Ian Nelson took over as head of the family firm after Thomas Nelson IIIs death in action in 1917 during the First World War. By the early century, Thomas Nelson had become a secular concern in the United Kingdom. The First World War led to the rundown of Nelson, through the denial of foreign markets, the loss of manpower, and the general exigencies of wartime. Much of the effort expended during the period represented merely an attempt to reverse that decline, particularly in expanding the education list. Ian Nelson remained head of the firm until his death in 1958, Ian Nelson’s successor, his son Ronnie Nelson, seemed less interested in the successful management of the family firm than previous generations. In 1962, Thomas Nelson and Sons was absorbed into the Thomson Organisation in an effort to sustain its academic, the printing division of Nelsons was sold to the Edinburgh company Morrison and Gibb in 1968.
Until 1968, according to the curators of a Senate House Library exhibition and it was the first publisher for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Thomson owned the company from 1960 until 2000 and that year, it was acquired by Wolters Kluwer, who merged Nelson with its existing publishing arm, Stanley Thornes, to form Nelson Thornes. The American branch of Thomas Nelson was set up in 1854 in New York and, by the 1870s and it held the copyright for the American Standard Version of the Bible from 1901 until 1928, when it transferred the copyright to the International Council of Religious Education. In the 1930s, the made a deal with this Council to publish the Revised Standard Version
The company is headquartered in New York City and is a subsidiary of News Corp. The worldwide CEO of HarperCollins is Brian Murray, HarperCollins has publishing groups in the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and India and China. As of 2017 China provides as the source of manufacturing. The company publishes many different imprints, both former independent publishing houses and new imprints, in 1989, Collins was bought by Rupert Murdochs News Corporation, and the publisher was combined with Harper & Row, which NewsCorp had acquired two years earlier. In 1999, News Corporation purchased the Hearst Book Group, consisting of William Morrow & Company and these imprints are now published under the rubric of HarperCollins. HarperCollins bought educational publisher Letts and Lonsdale 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 Zondervan were organized as imprints, or keystone publishing programs, under a new division, 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. In April 2012, the United States Department of Justice filed United States v. Apple Inc. naming Apple, HarperCollins, the suit alleged that they conspired to fix prices for e-books, and weaken Amazon. coms position in the market, in violation of antitrust law. The Scranton, PA warehouse closed in September 2013 and a Nashville, TN warehouse, under the name Thomas Nelson, several office positions and departments continued to work for HarperCollins in Scranton, but in a new location. Company officials attribute the closings and mergers to the growing demand for e-book formats.
HarperCollins maintains the backlist of many of the originally published by their many merged imprints. Authors published originally by Harper include Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters, authors published originally by Collins include H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkien. This is a list of some of the more noted books, N. D. Gone, Clive Barker The Children of Húrin, J. R. R. R. R. They were the home of Maurice Sendak, Shel Silverstein. In 1998, Nordstroms personal correspondence was published as Dear Genius, The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom, Zolotow became head of the Childrens Books Department, and went on to become the companys first female Vice-President. The Chronicles of Narnia series by C. S. Lewis, HarperCollins has published the following notable childrens books, the I Can Read
Harlequin Enterprises Limited is a Toronto-based company that publishes series romance and womens fiction. Harlequin was owned by the Torstar Corporation, the largest newspaper publisher in Canada and it was purchased by News Corp and is now a division of HarperCollins. In May 1949, Harlequin was founded in Winnipeg, Palmer oversaw marketing for the new company and Richard Bonnycastle took charge of the production. The companys first product was Nancy Bruffs novel The Manatee, for its first few years, the company published a wide range of books, all offered for sale for 25 cents. Among the novels they reprinted were works by James Hadley Chase, Agatha Christie, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and their biggest success was Jean Plaidys Beyond the Blue Mountain. Of the 30,000 copies sold, only 48 were returned, although the new company had strong sales, profit margins were limited and the operation struggled to stay solvent. Following the death of Jack Palmer in the mid-1950s, Richard Bonnycastle acquired his 25% interest in Harlequin, still struggling to survive, soon Doug Weld departed and Richard Bonnycastle, now in full control, transferred Welds shares to key staff member, Ruth Palmour.
In 1953, Harlequin began to publish medical romances, when the companys chief editor died the following year, Bonnycastles wife, took over his duties. The first Mills and Boon novel to be reprinted by Harlequin was Anne Vintons The Hospital in Buwambo, the contract with Mills and Boon was based solely on a handshake, given each year when Bonnycastle visited London. He would lunch at the Ritz Hotel with Alan Boon, the son of a Mills and Boon founder, Mary Bonnycastle and her daughter Judy Burgess exercised editorial control over which Mills and Boon novels were reprinted by Harlequin. They had a code and rejected more sexually explicit material that Mills. Upon realizing the genre was popular, Richard Bonnycastle finally decided to read a romance novel and he chose one of the more explicit novels and enjoyed it. On his orders, the company conducted a market test with the novel he had read and discovered that it outsold a similar, intimacy in the novels never extended beyond a chaste kiss between the protagonists.
The romances proved to be popular, and by 1964 the company was exclusively publishing Mills. Richard Bonnycastle died in 1968 and his son, Richard Bonnycastle and he immediately organized the 1969 relocation of operations to Toronto, Ontario where he would build the company into a major force in the publishing industry. In 1970, Bonnycastle, Jr. contracted with Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster to distribute the Mills, on October 1,1971, Harlequin purchased Mills and Boon. John Boon, another son, remained with the company. North American booksellers were reluctant to stock mass market paperbacks, and Harlequin chose to sell their books where the women are, distributing them in supermarkets, the company focuses on selling the line of books, rather than individual titles
Angus & Robertson
Angus & Robertson is an online Australian bookseller, book publisher and book printer. As book publishers, A&R has contributed substantially to the promotion and this well known Australian brand currently exists in a reduced form as part of online bookseller Booktopia. The Angus & Robertson imprint is still seen in books published by HarperCollins, the first bookstore was opened in 110½ Market Street, Sydney by Scotsman David Angus in 1884, it initially sold only secondhand books. In 1886, he went into partnership with fellow Scot George Robertson and this George Robertson should not be confused with his contemporary, George Robertson the Melbourne bookseller, who traded as Robertson & Mullens. In 1895 the company moved to 89 Castlereagh Street, the head office of the firm was at Castlereagh Street until the 1950s. The shop was known as the biggest bookshop in the world, in 1907 the partnership was converted into a public company, Angus & Robertson Limited. In 1951 a store was established in Australias High Commission in London, in the 1950s, Angus & Robertson began the growth which led it to become Australias first nationwide chain of bookstores.
In 1977, it opened its first franchise store in the southern Sydney suburb of Hurstville, in 2006, the company had over 170 stores spread throughout the country, and it claimed that it had more than twice as many stores as Australias next largest bookseller. The firm had about 18% share in the Australian book retail market, George Robertson encouraged book collector David Scott Mitchell to convert to collecting in the then-neglected field of Australian literature. Mitchell accumulated a collection, which ultimately formed the basis of the Mitchell Library of the State Library of New South Wales. George Robertson encouraged businessman and collector William Dixson to collect Australian books and his collection ultimately formed the Dixson Library of the State Library of New South Wales. Angus & Robertson began publishing in 1888 and their first work was a book of verse, A Crown of Wattle, written by a Sydney solicitor, H. Peden Steel. They published valuable reference works, including the Australian Encyclopaedia, John Alexander Fergusons multi-volume Bibliography of Australia, in 1938 A&R opened a publishing office in London. J.
Dennis, Norman Lindsay, Frank Clune, Ion Idriess, Colin Simpson, Arthur Upfield, Frank Dalby Davison, E. V. Timms, George Robertson died in 1933, and he was succeeded as publisher by Walter Cousins and George Ferguson. To better control printing costs, and maintain a consistent quality, George Robertson bought a printing company Eagle Press in 1929, printing thus became the third tier of the Angus & Robertson business. It was Australias leading book printer for forty years, the printing presses had become antiquated by the 1970s. In the 1970s, after a takeover, the printing presses were sold to John Sands. Halstead became an imprint, Robertsons great grandson having acquired the logo
Avon Publications was an American paperback book and comic book publisher. As of 2010, it is an imprint of HarperCollins, publishing primarily romance novels, Avon Books was founded in 1941 by the American News Corporation to create a rival to Pocket Books. They hired brother and sister Joseph Meyers and Edna Meyers Williams to establish the company, ogilvie Publications, a dime novel publisher partly owned by both the Meyers, and renamed it Avon Publications. They got into comic books, the early Avons were somewhat similar in appearance to the existing paperbacks of Pocket Books, resulting in an immediate and largely ineffective lawsuit by that company. Despite this superficial similarity, from early on Meyers differentiated Avon by placing an emphasis on popular appeal rather than loftier concepts of literary merit, the first 40 titles were not numbered. First editions of the first dozen or so have front and rear endpapers with an illustration of a globe, as well as normal-sized paperbacks, Avon published digest-format paperbacks in series.
These included Murder Mystery Monthly, Modern Short Story Monthly and Avon Fantasy Readers, many authors highly prized by present-day collectors were published in these editions, including A. Merritt, James M. Cain, H. P. Lovecraft, Raymond Chandler and Robert E. Howard. In 1953, Avon Books sold books in the range of 25¢ to 50¢ and were selling more than 20 million copies a year. Their books were characterized by Time Magazine as westerns, whodunits, at around this time, Avon began to publish under other imprints, including Eton, Novel Library and Diversey. Avons 35-cent T series, introduced in 1953, had strong mass-market appeal, the T series contained many movie tie-in editions and the stand-bys of mysteries and science fiction. Avon was bought by the Hearst Corporation in 1959, in 1972, Avon entered the modern romance genre with the publication of Kathleen Woodiwiss The Flame and the Flower. The novel went on to sell 2.35 million copies, Avon followed its release with the 1974 publication of Woodiwisss second novel, The Wolf and the Dove and two sexy novels by newcomer Rosemary Rogers, Sweet Savage Love and Dark Fires.
The latter sold two million copies in its first three months of release, in 1999, the News Corporation bought out Hearsts book division. Avons hardcover and non-romance paperback lines were moved to sister company Morrow, from at least 1945 through the mid-1950s, Avon published comic books. Its titles included horror fiction, science fiction, romance comics, war comics, most titles lasted only a few issues, with the six longest-running detailed in the complete list below, Official website
Ecco Press is a New York-based publishing imprint of HarperCollins. Ecco was founded in 1971 by Daniel Halpern as an independent publishing company, in 1999 it was acquired by HarperCollins, with Halpern remaining at the head. Since 2000, Ecco has published the yearly anthology The Best American Science Writing, in 2011, Ecco created two separate publishing lines curated by chef & author Anthony Bourdain and novelist Dennis Lehane. Halpern founded Ecco in 1971, originally to publish the literary magazine Antaeus, eccos name was suggested by Halperns initial backer, ketchup heiress Drue Heinz. In September 2011, Ecco announced that Anthony Bourdain would have his own publishing line, in describing the line, Bourdain said, This will be a line of books for people with strong voices who are good at something — who speak with authority. Discern nothing from this initial list — other than a general affection for people who cook food, the ability to kick people in the head is just as compelling to us — as long as thats coupled with an ability to vividly describe the experience.
We are just as intent on crossing genres as we are enthusiastic about our first three authors and it only gets weirder from here. In October 2011, Ecco announced that Dennis Lehane would have his own publishing line. Literary fiction with an urban edge. ”One of the initial books in the line was Ivy Pochodas Visitation Street. Official website An interview with Ecco Press editor Matt Weiland
Harper Perennial is a paperback imprint of the publishing house HarperCollins Publishers. Harper Perennial has divisions located in New York, Toronto, the imprint is descended from the Perennial Library imprint founded by Harper & Row in 1964. In Fall of 2005, Harper Perennial rebranded with a new logo, in the end matter, books often feature a brand-specific P. S. section that features extra material such as interviews, etc. In November,2011, they released The Shakespeare Guide to Italy, Retracing the Bards Unknown Travels by Richard Paul Roe, Harper Perennial Home The Olive Reader, Harper Perennial Blog Harper Perennial Podcast Harper Perennial Myspace
William Morrow and Company
William Morrow and Company is an American publishing company founded by William Morrow in 1926. The company was acquired by Scott Foresman in 1967, sold to Hearst Corporation in 1981, the company is now an imprint of HarperCollins. William Morrow has published many renowned fiction and non-fiction authors, including Ray Bradbury, Michael Chabon, Neil Gaiman, Erle Stanley Gardner, liddell Hart, Elmore Leonard, Judith Rossner, and Neal Stephenson. Francis Thayer Hobson was President and Chairman of the Board of William Morrow and Company