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The Bookseller's Review of 2016: Publishers

24 January 2017

The Bookseller's Review of 2016: Publishers sets out a good year for print books in general and among the big publishers another year of declining volume sales for ebooks for all but one one of them. 

Some publishers have experienced spectacular growth. Pan Macmillan's 26.8% has taken it into the top four of trade publishers. Saraband's 798.7% (yes 798.7%!) growth was due mainly but not wholly to the success of its Booker shortlisted title His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet.

The Bookseller also looked at the Independent Alliance's members' figures. Ten of the fifteen publishers in this group exceeded the wider market's growth rate of 4.9%, including Canongate Books whose volume sales were up 20.2% and value sales up 11.1%. 

On a less positive note, education publishing giant Pearson, for long one of the most consistent performers in growth and profit, has faced a challenging year with profits much lower than expected. It has decided to sell its 47% stake in Penguin Random House (estimated to be worth about £1.5bn by industry experts).

For the full review, see the The Bookseller of 20 January 2017 and for more on Pearson, see The Bookseller article of 18 January by Katherine Cowdrey and Lisa Campbell.