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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:

  1. Pearson
  2. ThomsonReuters (The Woodbridge Company Ltd)
  3. RELX Group (Reed Elsevier)
  4. Wolters Kluwer
  5. Penguin Random House (Bertelsmann AG)
  6. China South Publishing & Media Group Co Ltd
  7. Phoenix Publishing and Media Company
  8. Hachette Livre (Lagardere)
  9. McGraw-Hill Education (Apollo Global Management LLC)
  10. 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 37. 

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.