HarperCollins Publishers: Serving to literary world since 200 years

Author: Sherry Helms

Some businesses need no introduction but are consistently pressed for the wonderful contribution they make to their trade. “HarperCollins Publishers” is one of such names being applauded, respected and awarded for their consistent input to the literary world since nearly 200 years.

Headquartered in New York City, the company is a subsidiary of News Corporation, and has a broad-base with publishing groups in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and India. The company publishes fiction, non-fiction, academic, and reference titles.


HarperCollins was founded in New York City in 1817 as J. and J. Harper, later Harper & Brothers, by James and John Harper. The name HarperCollins is a combination of Harper & Row, an American publishing company acquired by News Corporation in 1987, itself the result of an earlier merger of Harper & Brothers and Row, Peterson & Company; and British publisher William Collins, Sons (founded 1819), acquired in 1990 by the News Corporation.

Did You Know

In a span of 200 years of its existence, HarperCollins has earned the pride of publishing some of the world’s foremost writers from classic era, with authors published originally by Harper are Mark Twain, the Brontë sisters and William Makepeace Thackeray, and that by Collins include H. G. Wells, Agatha Christie and J. R. R. Tolkienviz.

Also, this globally recognized publishing house has won numerous awards including the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award, the Newbery Medal and the Caldecott.


HarperCollins has over 30 book imprints, most of them 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.

Some of the popular HarperCollins imprints are:

Avon, Broadside Books, Ecco, Harper paperbacks, Harper Perennial Modern Classics, HarperBibles, HarperCollins e-Books, Rayo, William Morrow, Balzer + Bray. Greenwillow Books, HarperCollins Children’s Audio, HarperCollins Children’s Books, HarperCollins e-books, HarperTeen, Katherine Tegen Books, Rayo, Walden Pond Press

Highlights from the Last Year

HarperCollins had been continued with its outstanding publishing services throughout the 2011, which brought to us a number of notable bestsellers, including Pinheads and Patriots by Bill O’Reilly, Does the Noise in My Head Bother You? by Steven Tyler, and Justin Bieber: First Step 2 Forever by Justin Bieber, Pulitzer Prize winner The Emperor of all Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee, etc.

Popular Books by HarperCollins Publishers of The Last Decade

American Gods by Neil Gaiman (2001)

Surviving the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan (2002)

Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson (2003)

Where’s the Poop? by Julie Markes and Susan Kathleen Hartung (2004)

The Hot Kid by Elmore Leonard (2005)

Next, Michael Crichton (2006)

The Children of Húrin, J.R.R. Tolkien (posthumous, compiled by Christopher Tolkien) (2007)

The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power by Jeff Sharlet (2008)

Going Rogue: An American Life by Sarah Palin (2009)

Just Kids by Patti Smith (2010)

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