HarperCollins publisher HarperCollins Christian Publishing has announced plans to close its American Bible Books, a division of HarperCollins Media, after two years of operation.
The company’s new president of global Christian publishing, Richard Harwood, said in a statement Friday that the division will focus its efforts on the new HarperCollins Bible series.
“In this new chapter, we will continue to deliver the best Christian content available in print, digital and the Internet, while continuing to offer readers and Christians the tools they need to live their faith.
We have a long and proud history of publishing the Bible and a growing community of readers and Christian believers around the world.
Our focus is on delivering the best possible Bible books for our readers, our audiences and our partners,” Harwood said.
“We will be working with the publisher and the community to create a new division focused on delivering better Bible books to our readers and our audiences.
This is the beginning of the end of this division.”
HarperCollins, which publishes more than 500 books and more than 4,000 titles, has struggled to keep pace with the demand for Christian content, particularly in the United States.
The company has also been criticized for failing to keep up with rising evangelical audiences.
Last year, the Christian publisher was hit with a $500 million settlement from the Federal Trade Commission, which accused the publisher of selling counterfeit Christian books that were advertised to unsuspecting buyers.
The company also settled a class action lawsuit filed by a number of Christian publishers against HarperCollins and its parent company, HarperCollins Publishers Group.
Harper Collins is not the only publisher facing scrutiny over counterfeit books and fake sales.
In 2016, the U.K.-based publisher, which has an online presence, was accused of promoting a book on the Internet that was counterfeit.
The U.S. government is also investigating a series of fake books that appeared on Amazon.com in the U.-K.