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Q: Top Academic Book Publishers ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Top Academic Book Publishers
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: rtabell-ga
List Price: $30.00
Posted: 25 Sep 2003 17:14 PDT
Expires: 25 Oct 2003 17:14 PDT
Question ID: 260274
I am looking for a list of top Academic/Textbook publishers in terms
of sales. I need something like the top 30-40 publishers - the main
lables and the sub-labels if you have them. I just need their names
not the revenues/sales. The list does not have to be in precise order,
but the main publishers must have a selection of books for sale on
Subject: Re: Top Academic Book Publishers
Answered By: leader-ga on 25 Sep 2003 22:04 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars
Hello rtabell-ga:

It was a pleasure to answer your question. It must be noticed that
there are few very large textbook publishers. These publishers have an
overwhelming monopoly in this market due to recent mergers with many
small textbook publishers in the industry. As Tim Paulson, a New York
based publisher puts it, “In the end game, however, there aren't that
many players because the stakes are too high for everyone to compete.”

Fortunately, there are many publishers who are still competing. I am
providing you a list of 40 to 50 publishers who are pretty well known
in the textbook and educational publishing marketplace. Also listed
are the top thirteen top names in the industry that are thought to be
the GIANTS of this market.

I want to emphasize on the fact that it is very difficult to rank
textbook publishing companies according to revenue, sales etc. The
reason being, that large companies are always acquiring small
companies. Take the example of well known textbook company Silver
Burdett Ginn which is recently acquired by Scott Foresman, which
itself is a holding of Pearson group.

In short, I respect your foresight by asking for the top companies,
not for rankings by any set criteria. Such information is rarely free
and is only done by the professional research companies such as Mire

In case, you require more detailed information on textbook publishers,
the leading authority in the World is Mire Data that compiles
statistics on textbook market (mainly college textbooks). Its website
is located at

In conclusion, I have tried my best to distinguish the largest
textbook publishers and the notable ones. I have also provided links
to the listings of other textbook publishers that may or may not be
very popular AND some insight into the textbook publishing market.

Following are the leading textbook publishers:

PLEASE NOTE!  Some of these companies are subsidiaries of larger
companies but they are by themselves one of the largest in the
industry. Where applicable, the name of the parent company is in


(Source: Association of American University Press; Association of
American Publishers & Publishers Marketing Association)

MC-GRAW Hill Companies

Houghton Mifflin Company

Henry Halt & Company

Prentice Hall (A Pearson Company)



Addison-Wesley (A Pearson Company)

Scott Foresman (A Pearson Company)

The Thompson Corporation

Jones & Bartlett

W. W. Norton & Company


Bedford, Freeman, Worth


Longman Allyn & Bacon ( A Pearson Company)

Universal Book Publishers

Acada Books

Saxon Publishers Inc.

Scott Jones Publishers

Academic Innovations


Calmann & King College Division

Sinauer Associates

Chalkface Press

Splash! Publications

Copperhouse Publishing

Course Technology

F.A Davis Company

The Dryden Press

Focus Publishing

Westview Press (A Perseus Book Group)

Franklin, Beedle & Associates

Genealogical Publishing Company


Irwin Publishing Ltd. (A Thompson Company)

Primis Custom Publishing (A MC-GRAW Hill Company)

Reidmore Books (A Thompson Company)

Jain Publishing Company

Krieger Publishing Company

LearnWell Press

Micro Case Publishing (A Thompson Company)

Ansmar Publishers Inc.

Wuerz Publishing Ltd.

Captus Press Inc.

Arnold Publishers

One World

F.E. Peacock Publishers Inc. (A Thompson Company)

Anderson Publishing Company

West Educational Publishing

Atomic Dog Publishing

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.

SAGE Publications (USA)


Google Directory

Yahoo Directory

OSIRIS Resources & Directory


An Interview on Textbook market

How to compete in College Textbook market?

Battle for College Text Book Market

TextBook Industry Data


Useful Keywords:

‘top textbook publishers’
‘top academic publishers’
‘top educational publishers’
‘textbook market’

I hope this helps. If you are not satisfied with my answer, please
clarify how I may be of further assistance. Thanks for using Google

Good luck,
rtabell-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Good work. Must have been answered from someone in the industry.

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