Tuesday, July 14, 2015

The World's Largest Publishers, 2015

If you had to name the world's largest publisher, without looking at the list below, you'd probably say Penguin/Random House.

You would be correct if you were thinking of trade publishing. But Pearson, which publishes educational material, always wins the top slot. Thompson Reuters, a multi-media and information company geared toward business, is again number two.

What is interesting about this year's line-up is that two Chinese publishers made it into the top ten. China is a huge market, and it is largely closed. (There aren't many translation services that will translate a book into Chinese, and even then there are roadblocks. If you are thinking about translating your book, my recommendation would be to pick French and Spanish. BabelCube will do it for free.)

Without further ado...

The World's 57 Largest Book Publishers, 2015

From Publishers Weekly

Rank 2015Rank 2014Publishing Group or DivisionParent CompanyParent Country2014 Revenue in $M2013 Revenue in $M
11PearsonPearson PLCUK$7,072$7,801
23ThomsonReutersThe Woodbridge Company Ltd.Canada$5,760$5,576
32RELX GroupReed Elsevier PLC & Reed Elsevier NVUK/NL/US$5,362$6,093
44Wolters KluwerWolters KluwerNL$4,455$4,920
55Penguin Random HouseBertelsmann AGGermany$4,046$3,664*
6NEWPhoenix Publishing and Media CompanyPhoenix Publishing and Media CompanyChina$2,840$2,781
7NEWChina South Publishing & Media Group Co., LtdChina South Publishing & Media Group Co., LtdChina$2,579$2,237
86Hachette LivreLagardereFrance$2,439$2,851
910McGraw-Hill EducationApollo Global Management LLCUS$2,190 (Est.)$1,992
107HoltzbrinckVerlagsgruppe Georg von HoltzbrinckGermany$2,000$2,222
118Grupo PlanetaGrupo PlanetaSpain$1,943$2,161
149Cengage Learning Holdings II LPApax and Omers Capital PartnersUS/Canada$1,708$1,747
1514China Publishing Group CorporationChina Publishing Group CorporationChina$1,495$1,499
1616Harper CollinsNews Corp.US$1,434$1,369
1715Houghton Mifflin HarcourtHoughton Mifflin Harcourt CompanyUS/Cayman Islands$1,372$1,379
1813De Agostini EditoreGruppo De AgostiniItaly$1,367N/A
1918Oxford University PressOxford UniversityUK$1,181$1,254
2017Springer Science and Business MediaEQT and GIC Investors;Sweden, Singapore$1,167$1,301
2121China Education Publishing & Media Holdings Co. Ltd.China Education Publishing & Media Holdings Co. Ltd.China$1,108$1,152
2220InformaInforma plcUK$1,075$1,185
2319ShueishaHitotsubashi GroupJapan$1,033$1,191
2422Kodansha Ltd.Kodansha Ltd.Japan$997$1,143
2523Egmont GroupEgmont International Holding A/SDenmark$896$1,101
2625ShogakukanHitotsubashi GroupJapan$859$1,011
2726BonnierThe Bonnier GroupSweden$836$976
2824Grupo SantillanaPRISA SASpain$793$1,020
2927Kadokawa PublishingKadokawa Holdings Inc.Japan$793$900
3028Simon & SchusterCBSUS$778$809
3130Woongjin ThinkBigWoongjin HoldingKorea$577$616
3229KlettKlett GruppeGermany$560$622
3331Groupe MadrigallMadrigallFrance$531N/A
3432Les Editions Lefebvre-SarrutFrojalFrance$482$559
3534Messagerie / GeMSMessagerie ItalianeItaly$460$543
3635Media ParticipationsMedia ParticipationsBelgium$426$481
3736MondadoriThe Mondadori GroupItaly$410$462
3839Cambridge University PressCambridge University PressUK$409$433
3938The Perseus Book GroupThe Perseus Book GroupUSA$400N/A
40NEWFrance LoisirsACTISSIA SASFrance$364
4041Westermann VerlagsgruppeMedien UnionGermany$364$401
4240SanomaSanoma WSOYFinland$355$422
4443Kyowon Co. Ltd.Kyowon Co. Ltd.Korea$312$353
4546La MartinièreLa MartinièreFrance$292$329
4648Haufe GruppePrivately ownedGermany$285$315
4647WEKAWEKA FirmengruppeGermany$286$316
4844RCS LibriRCS Media GroupItaly$271$348
4950Gakken Co. Ltd.Gakken Co. Ltd.Japan$257$297
5051Bungeishunju Ltd.Bungeishunju Ltd.Japan$216$253
5149OLMA Media GroupPrivately ownedCyprus$213$306
5245EKSMOPrivately ownedRussia$211$343
5354Groupe Albin MichelGroupe Albin MichelFrance$204$232
55NEWEditora FTDEditora FTDBrazil$198$199
5655Abril EducaçãoAbril groupBrazil$196$216
5752Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd.Shinchosa Publishing Co, Ltd.Japan$176N/A
Not rankedHarlequinTorstar Corp.Canada$343$374

* 2013 Revenue figure is for Random House, before its merger with Penguin

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