Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Top 10 Trade Publishers in America from Michael Hyatt

This week, Thomas Nelson CEO Michael Hyatt updated his list of the top 10 trade book publishers in the U.S. He gets his data from the company's proprietary database, which is based on several different sources. So I think it's got to be more accurate than BookScan, which has some holes in what it covers.

Here's his list:

  • Random House (15.9% market share)
  • Pearson (11%)
  • HarperCollins (10.6%)
  • Simon & Schuster (9.3%)
  • Hachette (6.2%)
  • Scholastic (5.2%)
  • Thomas Nelson (4.7%)
  • Holtzbrinck (4.4%)
  • Tyndale House (1.9%)
  • Wiley (1.9%)

I was surprised to see Pearson so close to the top because I think of them primarily as a textbook publisher. But Jason reminded me that they have Penguin. I was also surprised to see Wiley as far down as it was. I somehow had an impression that they were much bigger. But just keep in mind that all of these companies are megaliths made up of many of the biggest imprints and brand names that you know by heart.


Anonymous said...

I was wondering if there was a place that I can find was to contact publishers. I cant find any not self-publishing ones.

Cicely said...

You need a literary agent. Publishers typically won't talk to authors/writers. Have to go through an agent.