This company can hook you up with a true best-seller. Zondervan Corporation is a leading publisher of Bibles and other Christian content. The company publishes the New International Version of the Bible (NIV), with more than 400 million copies distributed worldwide since its first publication in 1978. Zondervan also has units devoted to children's products (Zonderkidz), Spanish publishing (Editorial Vida), curricula, and new media offerings (e-books and software). In addition to its corporate headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Zondervan has offices in San Diego and Miami. The company was founded in 1931 by brothers P.J. (Pat) and Bernie Zondervan. Parent company HarperCollins purchased Zondervan in 1978.
Zondervan publishes approximately 200 books each year and is the official publisher of The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren, a New York Times bestseller. The company distributes to domestic and international ministries and retail facilities, including independent Christian and general bookstores and chains, general merchandisers, direct sellers, and online e-tailors. Its products are available in nearly 200 languages in 60 countries.
The company has been ramping up its online presence. Zondervan's BibleGateway.com (acquired in 2008, along with online ministry community Gospel.com and additional Internet assets, from Gospel Communications International) is a Bible website with 12 million unique visitors a month. The company is adding features to the site, such as more interactive Bible reference and study tools, multimedia resources for pastors and ministry leaders, e-commerce offerings, and new translations. In 2011 the site launched The People's Bible, which includes a searchable index for finding Bible verses and passages.
In other digital efforts, the company's NIV is its fastest-selling e-book. In 2011 Zondervan reported that the NIV appeared on bestseller lists such as the Top 100 in Amazon's Kindle Store and the Top 25 eBooks in Barnes & Noble's Nookbook Store. It was also the #1 e-book in the Religion & Spirituality Category of Apple's iBookstore.