(1941 - present day)
About Avon Books:
Avon Books was founded in 1941 by the American News Corporation to create a rival to Pocket Books. Avon was bought by the Hearst Corporation in 1959.
From at least 1945 through the mid-1950s, Avon published comic books. Its titles included horror fiction, science fiction, Westerns, romance comics, war comics and funny-animal comics.
In 1999, the News Corporation bought out Hearst's book division, and merged Avon with HarperCollins. Avon's hardcover and non-romance paperback lines were moved to sister company Morrow, leaving Avon as solely a romance publisher. As of 2010, it is an imprint of HarperCollins, publishing primarily romance novels.