Um, does it bother you that Rupert Murdoch own a lot of the Bible publishing market?

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I enjoy HarperOne’s publishing, but as I have stated before, I am not a fan of Zondervan because of the bible thing. I don’t like bible publishers owned by the likes of Murdoch. Now, Thomas Nelson will join that group as well:

HarperCollins Publishers today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Thomas Nelson, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, which is expected to close by the end of the calendar year, is subject to regulatory clearances and other customary closing conditions.

Thomas Nelson is one of the leading trade publishers in the United States.  The Company provides multiple forms of inspirational content including: books, Bibles, e-books, journals, audio, video, curriculum and digital applications available for download on “smart” electronic devices. It has published some of the bestselling books in the industry, including the current #1 bestseller Heaven Is For Real, and the books of many popular authors, such as Billy Graham, Max Lucado, and Dave Ramsey. Here.

Wow… I go to China…. and Rupert Murdoch owns over half of the bible-publishing market.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

4 thoughts on “Um, does it bother you that Rupert Murdoch own a lot of the Bible publishing market?

  1. As annoying as Murdoch can be I seriously doubt he takes a hands-on approach to the Bible publishing part of business. Everyone acts like he writes every article in The Wall Street Journal now that he owns it.

  2. The Murdoch family own about 12% of all News Corp shares, which usually would not be enough for outright control. But they own about 44% of the voting shares which gives them control, and with the support of the 7% share of the Saudi Prince outright control. That’s what I see is the major problem with News Corp. It operates as a private family company rather than the stock market listed company it is.

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