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The biggest publishing houses in the world

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A publishing house is a company or an association whose original core business is the production and distribution of books or laid out documents. Today, the publishing business generally includes editing documents with all media as the heart of the book business at large industry (notebooks connected, catalogs, booklets, albums, files, etc.).

A publishing group includes several publishing houses or subsidiaries. The nationality of a group depends on that of the owner and/or principal office.

In the table below, the turnover is expressed in millions of euro. This figure includes only the book branches and departments and affiliates, such as generally expressed a detailed assessment, published by the auditors and made available to the public. Some companies are little or poorly communicating their structural data.

From a geographical and financial point of view, this table shows that Europe clearly dominates the market for books and publishing in general, with a cumulative total volume of more than 28 billion (2009).

Publisher Owner Country Turnover, in millions Euro (2011)
Pearson Plc Actionnariat flottant United Kingdom 6 470
Reed Elsevier Actionnariat flottant United Kingdom, Netherlands 4 395
Thomson Reuters The Woodbridge Company Ltd. Canada 4 181
Wolters Kluwer Actionnariat flottant Netherlands 3 354
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Consortium de banques4 United States 996
Random House Bertelsmann AG Germany 1 749
Hachette Livre Groupe Lagardère France 2 038
Grupo Planeta Actionnariat flottant Spain 1 772
McGraw-Hill Education Actionnariat flottant dont CGC United States 1 763
Arnoldo Mondadori Editore Gruppo Fininvest Italy 1 416
John Wiley & Sons Actionnariat flottant United States 1 341
De Agostini Editore S.p.A.5 B&D Holding/De Agostini Group Italy 1 330
Holtzbrinck Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Germany 1 501
HarperCollins News Corporation United States Australia 846
Simon & Schuster CBS Corporation United States 605
RCS Libri RCS MediaGroup Italy 513
Cengage Learning Apax Partners, OMERS United States 1 443
Scholastic Corp. Scholastic United States 1 466
Shueisha Shueisha Japan 1 320
Shogakukan Shogakukan Japan 1 112
Kodansha Dai-Nippon Yūbenkai Japan 1 194
Kadokawa Shoten Kadokawa Holdings Inc. Japan 696
Springer Science+Business Media EQT Partners – GIC SwedenSingapore 931
Taylor and Francis Informa plc6 United Kingdom, Switzerland 826
Bonnier The Bonnier Group Sweden 703
Oxford University Press Oxford University United Kingdom 773
Grupo Santillana Prisa Spain 720
Gakken Gakken Holdings Co. Ltd. Japan 803
Egmont Books & Kids Media Egmont International Holding A/S Denmark 541
Reader’s Digest RDA Holding Co United States 1 106
Klett Verlag Klett Gruppe Germany 457
Cornelsen Verlag Cornelsen Germany 429

NB : China Education and Media Group (China) entered in the ranking in 2012.

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