It’s that time again – the annual ranking of the World’s Largest Publishers and while not much seems to have changed in that most publishing is still nonfiction, trade/technical journals, etc.; there was some movement upwards for several fiction publishers – of course many of those are the mega publishing houses, but still an increase in fiction reading is good news for all.
Keep in mind that while this list is being published in 2014, it is with data from 2013 that is the primary influence on where publishers rank on the list, but you can see the ranking comparison with 2012, which is helpful.
Here’s the link to the Publisher’s Weekly article:
What’s cool about this article is that you can click on each of the publisher’s names listed and you are immediately taken to a breakdown of that publisher’s history as well as its current financial and publishing profile.
So, for example HarperCollins, which is a subsidiary of News Corp, acquired Harlequin Enterprises from Torstar Corporation in 2014 and in noting this fact it was also noted that, “approximately 40% of Harlequin’s revenues come from books published in languages other than English. Currently, 99% of HarperCollins books are published in English.”
I did not know this, or at least I don’t remember reading about this and it will prove interesting to see what impact this has on HarperCollins acquisition of Harlequin Enterprises and vice versa.
Additionally, more discussion is focused on a publisher’s digital presence so for HarperCollins the article references that the company, “…is rapidly transitioning from print production to digital. As of June 30, 2013, HarperCollins offered approximately 30,000 e-book titles, which accounted for approximately 19% of global revenues in the quarter (up from approximately 16% in the prior year period).”
This is quite interesting – at least I think so.
So while you’re recovering from stuffing yourself on turkey day, take some time to digest the facts and information about the publishers on the list in the article referenced above. I’m willing to wager that you’ll find some surprises.