Revenue of the largest book publishers worldwide 2018

RELX Group was the largest global publishing house in 2018, with a total revenue of 4.61 billion U.S. dollars. Second in the ranking was UK publisher Pearson, followed by ThomsonReuters with just under 4.5 billion U.S. dollars in total revenue.

Revenue of the largest book publishers worldwide in 2018

Publishing company (country)Revenue in billion U.S. dollars
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Release date

October 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2016 to 2018

Supplementary notes

*Results from Penguin Random House previously represented Bertelsmann's publishing activities, however since 2016 a newly created 'Educational' division has been added under the roof of the parent.
**For Wolters Kluwer, the division 'Governance, Risk & Compliance', which was created in 2015 to focus more on direct business services and only indirectly on the published content, has been excluded from the publishing revenue in 2017.
Data for the years 2016 and 2017 can be found in Excel download.

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