Hyperion Books was founded as the adult publishing unit of the Disney Company in 1991 by Robert S. Miller. That year their list consisted of 40 books and they had their first New York Times bestseller, Wayne’s World. Since then, they have published more than 252 New York Times bestsellers many of which remain in print more than a decade after their first publication. While best known for an impressive list of titles in the categories of spirituality, wellness, humor, popular culture, sports, and memoir, they have also published bestselling fiction by Lauren Groff and Katherine Howe as well as cookbooks by such culinary luminaries as Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. In 1999, Hyperion became part of Disney’s ABC platform until 2013 when it was acquired by the Hachette Book Group.
Million plus copy bestsellers on Hyperion’s list include Richard Carlson’s classic self-help title Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture, George Carlin’s Brain Droppings, Wherever You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Life Strategies by Dr. Phil McGraw and Steve Lundin’s Fish!.