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 http://www.mirdata.com
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
GIANTS OF TEXTBOOK PUBLISHING
(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
OTHER NOTABLE TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS
Longman Allyn & Bacon ( A Pearson Company)
Universal Book Publishers
Saxon Publishers Inc.
Scott Jones Publishers
Calmann & King College Division
F.A Davis Company
The Dryden Press
Westview Press (A Perseus Book Group)
Franklin, Beedle & Associates
Genealogical Publishing Company
Irwin Publishing Ltd. (A Thompson Company)
Primis Custom Publishing
http://www.mhhe.com/primis/ (A MC-GRAW Hill Company)
Reidmore Books (A Thompson Company)
Jain Publishing Company
Krieger Publishing Company
Micro Case Publishing (A Thompson Company)
Ansmar Publishers Inc.
Wuerz Publishing Ltd.
Captus Press Inc.
F.E. Peacock Publishers Inc.
http://www.wadsworth.com/ (A Thompson Company)
Anderson Publishing Company
West Educational Publishing
Atomic Dog Publishing
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc.
SAGE Publications (USA)
LISTS OF TEXTBOOK PUBLISHERS
OSIRIS Resources & Directory
An Interview on Textbook market
How to compete in College Textbook market?
Battle for College Text Book Market
TextBook Industry Data
top textbook publishers
top academic publishers
top educational publishers
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