The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, which has been updated every year since 2007, currently represents 50 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 m€ (or 200 m US$).

The Global Ranking for the first time is now available as a PDF digital publication, which encompasses:

    • A table ranking the global top 50 publishing ventures;
    • Detailed profiles with key data and profiles for each of the listed companies;
    • An analysis, dwelling on 10 years of data, highlighting the strategic trends.

This standard reference on the leading players in international book publishing is ready for purchase for international businesses at the price of €199 at


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The newly released first BookMap report, “How Big Is Global Publishing?”, provides surprising insights, based on data from around 20 countries worldwide.


Consumers spend around 122 billion euros on books and publications across the six continents. Two thirds of the money are earned by publishers in just six countries: The USA, China, Germany, the United Kingdom – the world’s biggest exporter of books -, Japan and France. India, with a population of 1.3 billion, and France, with a comparably modest 67 million, each add a similar 3 percent to global publishing, in terms of money spent by consumers.

As hundreds of millions of additional people in Asia, the Middle East, or Latin America are now gaining modest middle-class incomes, and therefore share rising aspirations for education, access to knowledge as well as entertainment, conventional wisdom would expect that this is a golden age for an expanding business of books. Not quite so.

In an overview over the past decade, 2007 to 2016, this report portrays an indeed changing global industry, which is truly expanding however in only a few countries like China. The leading English language markets in the US and UK could recuperate from some of the shockwaves of economic turmoil, digital upheaval and changing consumer behavior. But in their vast majority the book industry is strained.

This study maps global publishing, brings a wealth of data, and introduces fresh perspective in the analysis of market drivers and trends.

“How Big Is Global Publishing?” can be downloaded free of charge at

The free report introduces BookMap, a new non-profit initiative for research about international publishing markets.

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Following up on last year’s successful premiere with the Beijing Summit of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, again a top level conference has been held right ahead of the opening of the Beijing Internatuional Book Fair, BIBF, on August 22nd, 2017.

This year, the focus was put on “Knowledge Services“, a Chinese formula summarizing Science, Technical and Medical as well as Educastional publishers.

Again, leading executives of key players from Chinese and international publishing companies addressed an audience of influencial Chinese publishing professionals to discuss recent trends in the industry, and opportunities to broaden and deepen the exchange between China and the world.

Professional speakers included Shi Hongjun, general manager of CITIC Publishing Group, Elsevier Scientific Reference Global vice president of Solutions Davies Bryan (Dai Bowen), a joint company director, vice president of Zhejiang Publishing, Wu Xueyong, Springer-Nature Group’s chief strategy officer, Niels Peter Thomas , vice president Himalaya, Jiang Feng, and Francis & Taylor‘s chief technology officer, Max Gabriel.

As in 2016, Wu Shulin, former deputy director of the State Administration for Press, Publications, Film, Radio and Television (SAPPFRT, formerly GAPP), and now executive vice president of the China Publishers’ Association (CPA) gave an introduction and welcome to the delegates.

The half day conference had been jointly organized by CPA and the leading Chinese professional trade publication, Bookdao, and co-sponsored by Publishers’ Weekly, Livres Hebdo and Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.

For a detailed account, including video from the event, see the report in Bookdao and in Livres Hebdo.


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