The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry lists the ca. 50 largest publishing groups worldwide since 2007, and has become a standard reference to the industry. It contains a turnover based overview, detailed profiles with key data on financial performance and main activities for each company, and a detailed analysis on market trends and developments.

The Global Ranking can be purchased as a digital publication for € 199 plus tax. (See the next post here below)

The Global Ranking is updated every year in late August, and released by Livres Hebdo (France), together with Bookdao (China) buchreport (Germany), PublishNews (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (US) and The Bookseller (UK).
At the Frankfurt Book Fair, findings and conclusions of the Global Ranking are discussed in the Frankfurt CEO panel on Wednesday afternoon. For deteils, see here below.
The Global Ranking is an initiative and copyrighted by Livres Hebdo, and is researched by Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.
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 here:.



Important notice to customers from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland: Please use the shop of our local partner, buchreport, for your convenience.

A complete table of content and overview can be dowloaded for free here below.


Global Ranking 2017 - Table of Content

Beijing Top 50 Summit 2016 a Huge Success
2016-09-08 23:04:18 by rw

The premier 2016 Global Top 50 Publishers' Summit on "Transformation & Globalisation: Re-imagining The Future of the Publishing Industry" was a huge success, and a novel blend of Chinese and Western approaches to discussing the current transformation of the book business.

Speakers included Markus Dohle (Penguin Random House), Gong Shuguang (China South Publishing), Alexander Broich (Cengage), Zhang Jiankang (Phoenix Publishing), Tong Jian (Zhengjiang Publishing) - all listed among the world's top 20 in the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2016 -, plus David Hetherington (Klopotek) and Wu Shulin (Publishers' Association of China).

Held for the first time in the wider context of the Beijing International Book Fair" (BIBF) on August 24, 2016, the Summit brought together an extraordinary line up of leading voices from the world's largest publishing companies, with an audience of over 200 book professionals, representing more than 60 Chinese publishing houses and 40 media.

The event was co-organized by Bookdao, Livres Hebdo and Content and Consulting.

The full agenda - and soon presentations and video documentation - are available at Bookdao.

See international media coverage at Publishers' Weekly, The Bookseller, Livres Hebdo and buchreport.



Press release_01_EN_final.pdf
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, which has been updated every year since 2007, currently represents 52 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 m€ (or 200 m US$), plus another 5 who either have not released current financial data due to being acquired, or having fallen below the threshold due to currency effects.

The Global Ranking 2016, which is based predominantly on 2015 revenue data, lists (or is describing) a total of 57 publishing groups, as in 2014 and 2015, with a combined revenue of m€ 63,739 (up 8 % from 2014, and a staggering 22 % over 2013).

After years of relative stability, the reported results for 2014 and now even more dramatically for 2015 show a clear strengthening at the top, with the 10 largest groups accumulating revenues of €34.2bn (up 8 % from 2014, and up 17 % from 2013), and accounting now for 54% of the 50 largest groups described in this ranking, in a continuing increase since 2013.

The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry is an initiative of Livres Hebdo (France), who holds the copyright of the report. It is co-published by BookDao (China), The Bookseller (UK), buchreport (Germany), Publishers Weekly (USA) and PublishNews (Brazil). It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting. ©Livres Hebdo 2016.

Find comprehensive summaries, charts and tables as well as all details about the Global Ranking 2016 at the leading partner publications, Livres Hebdo, Publishers Weekly, The Bookseller and buchreport.

Summary for download below.


Global-Ranking-2016_Analysis_final.pdf
Announcing the first
Global Top 50 Publishing Summit 2016 Beijing:
Discussing the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry with Chinese and international leaders of the book business.
The 2016 edition of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry will be at the center of a half day conference in Beijing, organized by Bookdao (China), Livres Hebdo (France), and Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting (Austria).

Date: Wednesday, August 24, from 14.00 to 17.00.
Location: Grand Metro Park Hotel Beijing, Chaoyang, East Rd. 2

The aim of the conference is to open a dialogue with senior leaders of both Chinese and international top executives in publishing.

Speakers of the 2016 Summit will include international and Chinese publishing leaders, Markus Dohle, CEO, Penguin Random House, Alexander Broich, International President, Cengage Learning, and David Hetherington, Executive Vice-President & COO, Klopotek North America, as well as Wu Shuling, Vice Chairman, China Publishers' Association, Zhang Jiankang, Chairman, Phoenix Publishing and Media Group, Gong Shuguang, Chairman, China South Publishing & Media Group, and Tong Jian, Chairman, Zhejiang Publishing United Group.

Speakers will discuss
Global key trends in the publishing industry in its current transformation;
China’s international strategy as the world’s second largest publishing market;
• Developments of long standing and successful working relationships between Chinese and international publishers in consumer as well as educational publishing, and
• The impact of digital technology in making the exchange between China and international more effective.

The Global Top 50 Publishing Summit 2016 Beijing will explore how to strategically broaden and and practically improve these assets in the years ahead.

The event is sponsored by Klopotek and Partners, China South Publishing & Media Group, Phoenix Publishing & Media Group, and Zhejiang Pubishing United Group.

Conference fee: EUR 150

Contact & registration China: Cheng Sanguo, sanguo.cheng (at) bookdao.biz

Contact & registration international: Ruediger Wischenbart, ruediger (at) wischenbart.com here
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About the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, which has been updated every year since 2007, currently represents 56 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 m€ (or 200 m US$).
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry is an initiative of Livres Hebdo, France, co-published by Bookdao (China), The Bookseller (UK), buchreport (Germany), Publishers Weekly (USA) and PublishNews Brazil. It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting. © by Livres Hebdo 2016

About Bookdao:
Bookdao is the premier independent professional online media for the publishing and bookselling industry in China, and a service provider for professional marketing, using cutting edge mobile technology and advanced publishing research. www.bookdao.com

About Livres Hebdo
Livres Hebdo is the French Book Trade weekly magazine and website (www.livreshebdo.fr), providing news and a large range of services to publishers, booksellers and librarians, and the initiator of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry.

About Ruediger Wischenbart Content and Consulting:
Content and Consulting is a leading organizer of market insights, and professional debate, in international publishing. Reports include the Global eBook report (www.global-ebook.com ), the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry. www.wischenbart.com

Beijing, Paris and Vienna, 20 July 2016


Beijing Summit Press Release
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2015 has been released today, June 26, 2015.

An initiative by Livres Hebdo, this annual snapshot of the global book business has been updated every year since 2007, and is co-published by Bookdao, China, The Bookseller, UK, buchreport, Germany, Publishers Weekly, USA, and PublishNews Brazil. It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.

This ranking lists 57 book publishing corporations worldwide, with revenues each of over 150m€ (or 200 mUS$), since 2007.

With combined sales worth 53,328 m€, this Ranking portrays global book publishing in its transformation through digital, globalization and consolidation.

The 2015 edition highlights China's forceful entrance onto the world stage, with now 4 publishing groups listed, of which two are among the top 10.

The survey also allows to track recent mergers & acquisitions, as well as the performance of key segments of the industry, such as scientific and professional (STM), educational or general consumer (trade) publishing.

To purchase to full report, go here.

A summary of the 2015 findings (which are mostly based on 2014 financial results) can be downloaded from the bottom of this article.


Wischenbart_Ranking2015_analysis_final.pdf
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry has been released today, June 27, 2014.

An initiative by Livres Hebdo, this annual snapshot of the global book business has been updated every year since 2007, and is co-published by The Bookseller, UK, buchreport, Germany, Publishers Weekly, USA, and PublishNews Brazil. It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting. As for China, see the specific details in the downloadable Global Ranking summary, with special research from our Chinese partner BookDao.

The edition of 2014, which is based mostly on revenue reports for 2013, currently represents 56 companies that each report revenues from publishing of over 150 m€ (or 200 m US$). Together, these groups account for with a combined revenue of € 53.641m (as compared to € 56,566 m for the 60 listed companies in 2013, and € 54,303 m for the 54 companies listed in the previous year).

While overall, the publishing sector shows a remarkable stability in its total volume, the ranking reflects in much detail the ongoing transformation, which is driven Consolidation, digital integration, and globalization.

The expansion of companies from emerging economies (notably the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China), with new entries in the ranks between 21 and 50 - that we had noted last year – slowed down in 2013, mostly because the currencies OF these countries suffer from depreciation against the Euro (and US$), which, at the same time, make imports of books and educational materials more costly for these aspiring societies.

Also, the three main sectors of the publishing industry – professional information & Science-Technical-Medical (STM) publishing –, educational and trade publishing evolve fairly differently, as we can show from the top 10 listed companies.

Among those largest publishing groups, the STM segment accounts for 42 % of the reported revenues, while educational publishing represents over a third, or 35 %, and trade (or general literature) is down to only 23 % of the total value that has been created by the leading actors in international publishing. Notably the gap between the share of educational and trade publishing is opening ever wider, highlighting that “educational” remains the perhaps most competitive sector of the industry.

General trade publishing - which includes fiction, nonfiction, children's books, young adult, genre fiction and related categories, has seen significant consolidation among major companies lately.

The world’s largest trade publisher, Random House, has not only merged with Penguin, another of the Big Six in general book publishing, in 2013. The publishing group, head-quartered in New York, yet a division of German Bertelsmann media corporation, also has acquired the second largest Spanish trade publisher Santillana, and took over full control over the third largest Iberian group, formerly branded Random House Mondadori, now re-labeled as Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, thereby becoming one of the two leading publishing houses for over 300 million Spanish speakers in the Americas.

HarperCollins has recently acquired the leading publisher of romance literature, Canadian Harlequin. And Hachette Book Group USA decided to takeover the publishing arm of Perseus, the largest group of so far independent US publishers.

It turns out that a growing number among the leading publishing houses consolidates around just one main field of business, be this education (Pearson, Cengage, McGraw-Hill), professional information (Reed Elsevier, Thomson Reuters), or trade (Random House, Hachette).

All these houses have a global approach to publishing, aiming at a stronger integration along the value chain – however mostly without including the last link to the consumer, namely retail. The exceptions to this pattern are to be found in the non-English speaking markets, at Grupo Planeta, at Russian EKSMO-AST, Swedish Bonnier, or Italian Messagerie.

It has been an ambition of this ranking to identify, portray and list publishing companies from outside the traditional main markets of this industry (North America, Europe and Japan), notably by looking at those populous countries with significant economic growth and, subsequently an expanding demand for both education and entertainment, with books and reading occupying a central position in this regard.

It comes at little surprise that in Brazil, China or Russia, to name just three examples, local publishing groups have covered the domestic reading and learning audience for decades, yet so without broader business exchange beyond their national borders. This is about to change dramatically, and in many ways.

All three sampled countries (with India being different, due to its particularly strong ties with British publishing) have seen a few domestic publishing houses to expand strongly, partly fostered, namely in educational, by their governments with state sponsored learning programs and digitization initiatives.

As these emerging economies have seen a period of rapid growth also in their publishing markets, which attracted obviously also international players, who could not expect to find economic growth other than from going global.

And in the case of China, for the past decade the largest buyer of rights and licenses for books, the government even decided to make “going out” – or international expansion – a strategic priority for the strongest Chinese publishing groups.


Global Ranking Publishing Industry 2014 Summary