Zondervan is owned by Harper Collins

Was everyone aware that Zondervan is owned by Harper Collins?  Harper Collins is owned by Rupert Murdoch who also conveniently owns Fox, Fox News, Myspace.com, Wall St Journal, The Sun, Down Jones, News Corp.  That actually pisses me off quite a bit.  I don’t know what it is, but I was hoping there was a little bit of purity in the Christian publishing business.  I had no idea that it was part of a massive media monopoly.  It makes me sick.  How much Christian literature is marketed and sold as nothing more than a marketable product?

It is stuff like this that makes me glad for the internet.  I don’t have to read, if I don’t want to, anything that has a stamp on it of some empire that doesn’t care about beauty.  I don’t have to sell out, if I don’t want to, to some empire that monetizes anything, no matter what it’s selling out to.  Now if only authors looked at it the same way and refused to allow their stuff to be controlled and directed by this empire.


  • 1. It is not a media monopoly; a monopoly is when there is a lack of competition. None of Murdoch’s companies qualifies.

    2. If you don’t like what Zondervan produces, don’t buy it.

    3. If publishers do not make a profit (yes, even ‘Christian’ publishers), then they will be out-of-business and therefore not producing ANY Christian media. Zondervan knows this and has made their peace with it. (There are other issues which are more important on this topic than you raise here . . .)

    4. Your last paragraph is hard to follow . . . I’m not sure why you MUST read Zondervan material any more than you MUST read the internet. There is no gun to your head. For instance, I generally avoid WJK material because of a couple of titles they published quite irresponsibly a couple of years ago – and I made my position known to them. And life went on.

  • I assume then that you are going to contact Google, Yahoo and Microsoft and ask them to remove your name and blog from their search engine? Or is it only corporations that you don’t like do you get mad at. And the internet that you so dearly love only exists due to money and financial backing a lot of which comes from big bad corporations like Rupert murdochs. Just some food for throughg a 2 in the morning when I can’t sleep

  • 1. Monopoly was probably the wrong choice of word, point taken.

    2. The problem is, there are some things that Zondervan produces that I do like, but when you put it next to Bible for people who like horses, I feel like it devalues the books I do like.

    3. I never said there was anything wrong with making profit. My issue is the “selling out” factor in that they seem to be ok with also producing shit, whatever brings in the buck. When money becomes the only standard by which you judge if you would publish something or not, well that’s when I throw up some red flags for any organization.

    4. The point about my last paragraph was that I’m glad that the internet has allowed the average writer to have a voice and they aren’t forced to having to be published by a massive publishing company for their voice to be heard.

    I’m saying that it is unfortunate that such a massive part of Christian books (especially the Bible) is controlled by someone who doesn’t care about the message and is willing to sellout to make a buck.

    • In doing my own research, I find that there are much more serious things to be concerned about with Zondervan/Harper Collins Publishing…for instance they also publish the satanic bible and The Joy of Gay Sex. How is that for a disturbing and disgusting conflict of interest? A company that could handle both of these genres of publishing is not an organization I want to support or do business with…I realize in some cases I realize like with certain search engines and media outlets there is corruption…pretty hard to avoid it, but when you think of someone handling the holy word of God and selling it side by side with perverted and satanic material it tells me that it’s just strictly a business proposition for them and not something they offer out of principle and belief. Would they be happy to have the consumer know that they handle both of these types of material. I don’t think so, I think they’d rather have you be under the impression that they are themselves followers of God but they can’t be and do that kind of business.

  • So, you’d prefer that publishers pick and choose what they’d publish based on content? Which would essentially mean that the publisher becomes a de facto censor.

    • NOOOO JOHN!!! I would not prefer that entirely :)
      I would argue now that they are already censoring content now strictly on what makes money or not. Find me one thing that Zondervann would publish that would break even or cost them money and they are doing it because they believe in it. I realize businesses need to make money, but I want to have a bit of hope in organizations and that there is something deeper going on than pure profit seeking. I just want some balance, that’s all I’m asking for. But knowing Zondervann is part of a larger initiative to make billions in publishing books (for one man especially), it doesn’t seem to have that much merit.

  • I hear where you are coming from. While I think your questions are important and need to be addressed, one thing that has somewhat helped me with this issue: A pagan Empire helped rebuild Jerusalem from it’s ill gained wealth (see Nehemiah).


  • Oh man everyone is giving you a hard time here in the comments.

    One thing I would like to add. Zondervan publishes an amazing about of the Christian literature nowadays. So anyone who has power over Zondervan has a lot of power and influence over modern day Christian thought. I think its important to at least be aware of the issue. It is interesting to think about it…

  • This is something that I found out today for the first time. I’m glad that you’re blogging about it. Did you know that Zondervan owns Biblegateway.com as well? They bought it out from a small non-profit about a year ago. Biblegateway is now a for profit website. I agree with Marvin as well that it is important to remember that “anyone who has power over Zondervan has a lot of power and influence over modern day Christian thought.” News Corporation (owned by Rupert Murdoch as well) is the largest producer of porn.

  • I agree with you about not being happy about finding out that Zondervan is a division of Harper Collins. The owners
    of Zondervan, however, sold their Christian company to a secular company for profit.

  • I also agree completely with you, I don’t like that Zondervan is owned by HarperCollins. It does detract from what I think of the NIV, knowing it is owned by the same company that published the Satanic Bible and the largest amount of porn in the world ,etc.

    It seems sad that whoever owned it originally (presumably Christians) would sell out to that extent.

    There must be a lot of Christian publishers that are non-profits, so it does not seem true to me at all that Christian materials (especially the most popular Bible translation in the world) could only ever exist to make a profit for its owners. Didnt most of the original translators of the KJV do their work knowing that they most likely would be tortured and executed for what they were doing. I don’t think that counts as making a profit (at least not a financial one, which is what we are talking about here).

    Even the internet was originally created and paid for by non-profits, government, military and universities. That is probably why it is so good and works so well.

    Now that the Bible is another “information resource”, that of course must be kept regularly updated, we had better keep up with the latest versions of all the important recent translations, lest we be caught out on the day of judgement reading a version of God’s word that has gone out of date!

    • “Didnt most of the original translators of the KJV do their work knowing that they most likely would be tortured and executed for what they were doing.”

      First of all, I think you meant to put a question mark at the end of the sentence.

      Second, no the KJV is also called the Authorised Version because there was an explicit royal mandate by King James to produce a standard English language version. But you are right that earlier translators, printers and publishers in the Protestant tradition did their work in fear of persecution.

  • What Bible version is this from?

    Even so every GOOD tree bringeth forth GOOD fruit; but a CORRUPT tree bringeth forth EVIL FRUIT. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a CORRUPT tree bring forth GOOD FRUIT. (Matthew 7:17-18)

  • I fully agree, no Christian bible should be the work produced from a porn industry, it is enough that man translates languages (text), and may edit.

  • What ever Bible translation you like, you better get a copy now. Publishers are getting fewer and fewer all the time. If you think your safe because you read online, think again. More controls are being put on that all the time. Even now search results are being filtered. With a click what you have access too changes. Within the next ten years things are really going to change for Bible bleavers here in the States.

  • The only way to the Father is through the son. Since all the versions after the King James in some way diminish the deity of Christ and horrifically change the doctrine of God Himself. It is extremely dangerous to read or listen to the Devils Bibles. From the NKJV to the Queen James Version and beyond they are all blasphemous translations that are leading us ever closer to a one world church. Those who would laugh at such truths are simple minded and are in danger of spending their eternity apart from their creator! This is not a small or insignificant issue. Satan clothes himself as an angel of light. He is a master deceiver! 2 + 2 can only equal 4. There is only one truth. They aren’t all somehow equal. God’s word is from everlasting to everlasting and it is forever. It will not be undermined by these perverted unholy renditions that we have today.

    • The KJV is NOT the most accurate translation, though it’s prose might be the most beautiful. The NIV has a bias but all translations probably do. Choose your bias and read what you choose.

      • Hello Sue, can you give support or proof of your claim that “The KJV is NOT the most accurate translation,..”? So many people express their opinion, and even hostile anger, rather than give any true facts on an important issue. This leads the simple astray, & those who lack relative knowledge into confusion which is all satan’s ploy. It would really help if you can offer validity to your claim. Thank You much. Peace! :)

  • HarperCollins is deleting Israel from their ATLAS brand maps sold to arab countries. So now you have to go to Palestine and not Israel to visit Bethlehem.

    Any publisher that does this is not worthy of any readers.

  • this is an eye openner.i never knew that the bible i have been using for long now is actually published by this corrupt and devilish organization. hmmm God help me.

  • I know hate my bible (NIV) and it’s going direct to the bin. It lacks so many verses and I now know why. Its because of Harper Collins and Zandervan. So many Christians out there don’t know this. Someone should try a shout out!

  • Does anyone remember the last four verses of The Holy Bible (KJV)?

    Revelation 22: 18-21

    18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

    19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

    20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

    21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

    God Is In Control, and His Word still holds true. Because of The Lord, I trust only the KJV!

    USA = Romans 1…..So Sad!

    Matthew 7: 21 – 23….Wow!

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