Publishers Weekly has unveiled the annual report, Global 50: The Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2022.

The RELX Group remained the world’s largest book publisher in 2021. Total sales for the STM and legal giant fell in 2021 about 3% from 2020 levels, though RELX held onto a substantial lead over second-place publisher Thomson Reuters, notes Andrew AlbanesePublishers Weekly senior writer.

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“The top six publishers in 2020 all held their positions in 2021, and while there was some shifting among the top 10 players, no company dropped out of the group,” Albanese tells me.

“The ten largest publishers generated sales of roughly $35 billion in 2021 and accounted for 53% of all sales of the 50 companies included on this year’s ranking,” he says.

“While total sales for publishers in PW’s annual ranking has grown consistently over the years, that’s been fueled by acquisitions of both major competitors and smaller companies.”


Author: Christopher Kenneally

Christopher Kenneally hosts CCC's Velocity of Content podcast series, which debuted in 2006 and is the longest continuously running podcast covering the publishing industry. As CCC's Senior Director, Marketing, he is responsible for organizing and hosting programs that address the business needs of all stakeholders in publishing and research. His reporting has appeared in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, The Independent (London), WBUR-FM, NPR, and WGBH-TV.
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