Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins, is the publisher of various books including "Day by Day with Max Lucado," "The Four Dimensions of Extraordinary Leadership," "The Dude's Guide to Marriage," "W.E. Vine's New Testament Word Pictures: Matthew to Acts" and "Evangelicals Around the World." The imprint publishes Christian-oriented texts including Bibles and Bible study resources.
Thomas Nelson founded the business in Edinburgh in 1798. It was originally a secondhand bookstore. Nelson began reprinting classics. During the 19th century, Nelson's sons expanded the publishing business and started to publish new books. The majority of the books published were not of a religious nature. The company was the first to publish the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of Sherlock Holmes.
The company founded an American office in 1854. The American branch published religious texts, including Bibles. From 1901 to 1928, it owned the copyright for the American Standard Version of the Bible, and it later published the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
In 1962, the Thomson Organisation purchased Thomas Nelson. Thomson later sold the American branch to Sam Moore, who ran Royal Publishers. Moore moved the company's offices to Nashville and began publishing works by well-known Christian writers such as Billy Graham and Max Lucado.
In 2006, InterMedia Partners bought the company, which it later sold to HarperCollins in 2012.