Top publishers ranking 2016
2 September 2016
Slightly fewer publishers are featured on this year's annual
ranking of the world's largest publishers published by
Livres Hebdo / Publishers Weekly. There are
52 compared to last year's 57 publishers. The top five publishers
are the same as last year which means Pearson retains the top
spot and three other professional/academic publishers fill the next
three places, ie: ThomsonReuters, the RELX Group (Reed Elsevier
rebranded) and Wolters Kluwer. The top ranking trade publisher
remains Penguin Random House.
The two Chinese publishers who were new last year have swapped
positions: China South Publishing & Media Group Co Ltd
overtakes Phoenix Publishing and Media Company.
The remainder of the top ten is made up of Hachette Livre,
McGraw-Hill Education and Spanish publisher Grupo Planeta.
The top ten with parent companies names in brackets are:
- ThomsonReuters (The Woodbridge Company Ltd)
- RELX Group (Reed Elsevier)
- Wolters Kluwer
- Penguin Random House (Bertelsmann AG)
- China South Publishing & Media Group Co Ltd
- Phoenix Publishing and Media Company
- Hachette Livre (Lagardere)
- McGraw-Hill Education (Apollo Global Management LLC)
- Grupo Planeta
As well as Pearson and the RELX Group, there are three other UK
companies ranked: Oxford University Press down two at 21, Informa
remaining at 22 and Cambridge University Press up one at
For the full list of 52 with links to more information about
each publisher, see The World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016
(26 September 2016) on the Publishers Weekly website.
W Green based in Edinburgh's West End is part of ThomsonReuters.
LexisNexis and Elsevier which are part of the RELX Group have staff
working from a shared office in central Edinburgh. HarperCollins at
number 13 has premises in Bishopbriggs which house a warehouse and
editorial offices for Collins language, atlases and learning
divisions including Leckie & Leckie.