Many thanks to my colleague Janet Forsyth for this interesting update on employers in the publishing sector – a really useful insight into employers for those of you interested in this sector – Rebecca
I was interested to read recently on the Publishing Scotland website, that the list of top 10 largest publishers globally includes 2 UK companies, Pearson and the RELX group, and for the first time, 2 Chinese publishers, Phoenix Publishing and Media Company and China South Publishing & Media Group Co Ltd.
I’ve copied the top ten, (from a total of 57) with parent companies names in brackets, below:
- ThomsonReuters (The Woodbridge Company Ltd)
- RELX Group (Reed Elsevier)
- Wolters Kluwer
- Penguin Random House (Bertelsmann AG)
- Phoenix Publishing and Media Company
- China South Publishing & Media Group Co Ltd
- Hachette Livre (Lagardere)
- McGraw-Hill Education (Apollo Global Management LLC)
- Holtzbrinck (Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck)
As well as Pearson and the RELX Group, there are three other UK companies ranked: Oxford University Press at 19, Informa at 22 and Cambridge University Press at 38.
And if you’re left wondering just how many books/publications/media sources the world needs, given the size of the industry as indicated by the players above, you may be interested to listen to a recent debate ‘Are we publishing too many books?’
- Philip Jones editor of the trade journal The Bookseller,
- Crystal Mahey-Morgan, Digital Sales and Marketing Director at Zed Books,
- Alexandra Pringle, the group editor in chief of Bloomsbury
- Ali Sparkes, author of 41 books for children
Listen to the debate, opinions, and their take on the impact of digital publishing, and other current issues.