HarperCollins is part of the media empire owned by Rupert Murdoch, who also among many other properties owns Fox News. HarperCollins already owns Zondervan, the world’s leading Bible publisher. Now Christianity Today reports that HarperCollins is also buying Thomas Nelson, the largest Christian publishing company. This will give Mr. Murdoch control of 50% of the Christian publishing industry.
Does it matter that the Christian publishing industry will be dominated by a secular corporation? Or by a mogul like Murdoch, who also publishes racy tabloids? What will this do to the smaller publishing companies like Crossway and denominational houses like CPH? Or will e-books, the Kindle, Amazon, and viral online marketing make even HarperCollins obsolete?