New, Bigger HarperCollins Faces Uncertain Time


HarperCollins, the second largest US trade publisher, has concluded its $349 million acquisition of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s trade division.

In a letter to employees earlier this week, Harper CEO Brian Murray outlined a temporary organizational chart and acknowledged that “many” decisions must be made in coming months.

New, Bigger HarperCollins Faces Uncertain Time

“Some people are going to lose their jobs. We don’t know exactly how many, but we know that’s going to happen,” says Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

“Imagine your company is bought during a pandemic period and you’re not able to be in the office to remind key people just who you are and why you’re important to the organization,” he tells CCC. “I think that has to be challenging.”

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Christopher Kenneally

Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's podcast, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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