HarperCollins Publishers Forms HarperCollins Germany
Plans Expansion of Foreign Language Publishing
FRANKFURT, Germany (October 8, 2014) – HarperCollins Publishers today announced the creation of HarperCollins Germany, an expansion of the existing Harlequin publishing program in Hamburg. The operation will launch its first list of approximately 50 HarperCollins branded books in Fall 2015. The existing Harlequin program will continue as usual.
Germany has one of the strongest European publishing markets and is home to Harlequin’s most successful European office, which will provide the resources to fully support HarperCollins titles. HarperCollins English language publishing imprints, along with local German editorial, marketing, and sales professionals, will collaborate to select titles for publication from the various HarperCollins divisions around the world. The list will initially launch with #1 New York Times bestselling author Daniel Silva’s The Heist, among others.
“HarperCollins has been a successful English language publisher for nearly 200 years, and we are excited to take our company in a new direction by broadening our publishing operations through foreign language publishing,” said Brian Murray, President and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers. “Harlequin has long had a prosperous German publishing program and we are thrilled to be able to build on its resources to expand the reach of our authors around the world and to grow our business.”
“Harlequin Germany has been highly successful, with a strong local presence in all press channels and supermarkets, as well as in traditional bookstores for more than 12 years. We are very excited to bring HarperCollins authors and their works to market,” said Thomas Beckmann, Harlequin Germany Managing Director. “Germany is a key foreign language market, and Harlequin’s capabilities, coupled with HarperCollins’ rich content, make for a very complementary combination to further enrich and broaden the program.”
HarperCollins publishes more than 4,000 English language books a year across a wide variety of genres. In August, HarperCollins completed the acquisition of Harlequin, more than doubling its catalog to 10,000 books a year, and adding more than a dozen international publishing offices to the company’s operations. It plans to further its foreign language publishing with program launches in Japan, Sweden, Holland, and Spain in the coming months.
HarperCollins Publishers is the second largest consumer book publisher in the world, with operations in 18 countries. With nearly two hundred years of history and more than 65 unique imprints around the world, HarperCollins publishes approximately 10,000 new books every year, in over 30 languages, and has a print and digital catalog of more than 200,000 titles. Writing across dozens of genres, HarperCollins authors include winners of the Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Newbery and Caldecott Medals and the Man Booker Prize. HarperCollins, headquartered in New York, is a subsidiary of News Corp and can be visited online at corporate.HC.com.