What Do the Financial Reports from the Big Five Book Publishers Tell Us?
This post examines the latest quarterly financial reports from the big 5 book publishers and tries to draw some conclusions from the data. The big 5 are, of course, Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster. These companies are often seen as emblematic of the state of traditional trade book publishing in the United States.
In April 2015 Publishers Lunch (firewall) took a stab at calculating the overall U.S. book publishing market share of the big 5ers (using Association of American Publishers data).