From Publishers Weekly:
The growing complexity of international book publishing is reflected in this year’s ranking of the world’s largest publishers. While Pearson once again maintained its top spot as the world’s biggest publisher, currency fluctuations, consolidations, the digital transition, and the emergence of China all played a part in altering the makeup of the companies that hit the Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly annual global ranking.
Two Chinese publishers made the top 10 list for 2014; it’s possible they would have hit the list earlier if information had been available. Phoenix Publishing and Media Company is the sixth largest publisher on the ranking this year, with sales of $2.84 billion, an increase of 16% over 2013, while China South Publishing & Media Group is in the seventh spot with revenue of $2.58 billion, an increase of 31%. In all, four Chinese publishers qualified for the ranking in 2014, by virtue of meeting the requirement of having $200 million in sales as well being willing and able to document their figures.
The greater financial transparency by China’s publishing giants is in keeping with their goal of becoming a much more important factor in the international publishing scene.
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While Phoenix Publishing and China South shook up the top 10 ranking for 2014, the top four publishers are all familiar names (although Reed Elsevier has rebranded itself as Relx Group) and specialize in the education and professional markets. The ability of professional and educational publishers to remain so large is due to a combination of acquisitions and their expansion of the digital delivery of information, the revenue of which is included in compiling the ranking. Revenue from the top 10 publishers combined accounted for 54% of all revenue generated by the 57 companies on the list, up from 53% in 2013.
Penguin Random House remained the world’s largest trade publisher last year. Sales rose 25% over 2013, to more than $4 billion, due primarily to the Penguin merger (completed July 1, 2013) and the purchase of Santillana Ediciones Generales (completed July 1, 2014). (The 2013 results do not include sales for Penguin for the first six months of that year.)
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Rank 2015 Rank 2014 Publishing Group or Division Parent Company Parent Country 2014 Revenue in $M 2013 Revenue in $M 1 1 Pearson Pearson PLC UK $7,072 $7,801 2 3 ThomsonReuters The Woodbridge Company Ltd. Canada $5,760 $5,576 3 2 RELX Group Reed Elsevier PLC & Reed Elsevier NV UK/NL/US $5,362 $6,093 4 4 Wolters Kluwer Wolters Kluwer NL $4,455 $4,920 5 5 Penguin Random House Bertelsmann AG Germany $4,046 $3,664* 6 NEW Phoenix Publishing and Media Company Phoenix Publishing and Media Company China $2,840 $2,781 7 NEW China South Publishing & Media Group Co., Ltd China South Publishing & Media Group Co., Ltd China $2,579 $2,237 8 6 Hachette Livre Lagardere France $2,439 $2,851 9 10 McGraw-Hill Education Apollo Global Management LLC US $2,190 (Est.) $1,992 10 7 Holtzbrinck Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck Germany $2,000 $2,222
Link to the rest at Publishers Weekly and thanks to Eric for the tip.
For those who are not into revenue numbers, Apple had revenue of over $182 billion in 2014 and Amazon’s revenue was $89 billion.