Lots of news surrounding HarperCollins lately…
- Could HarperSchuster be next? — PaidContent
“Just three weeks after Random House and Penguin announced that they will merge to form the world’s largest book publisher, News Corp, which owns the book publisher HarperCollins, is reportedly in talks to acquire CBS’s Simon & Schuster. The “preliminary” talks were reported by the News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal, which says News Corp had “expressed interest in” buying Simon & Schuster.” What’s with all the mergers? Could someone explain this to me? If it truly has something to do with a “dying industry” I’ll be quite upset. It’s not dying. It’s changing. Does that always equate mergers? Good thing independent publishers are doing well, though.
- HarperCollins Imprint Aims at Lucrative YA Market — NYTimes — Leslie Kaufman
“The young adult category is perhaps the hottest market in publishing, so it is no surprise that industry executives are looking for every possible entry point. HarperCollins’s latest effort, to be announced Monday, is a digital imprint focusing on young adult short stories and novellas. The imprint, called HarperTeen Impulse, will begin sales on Dec. 4 for short fiction in a variety of genres. Although the imprint is open to both new and established authors, it will lean heavily at first on some reliable names.” Now this is exciting! HarperTeen Impulse will answer to the cry for more YA and with more options, print and digital! This is adaptation. I like it.