Update: Top Ten Publishers in America

We just re-ran our list of the top ten publishers in America. Michael Cader at PublishersLunch.com pointed out that I had separated St. Martin’s Press from all the other Holtzbrinck imprints. (Holtzbrinck is the parent company of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Henry Holt, MacMillan, and, of course, St. Martin’s.)

To Trade Publishers

I asked Cletis Fisher, our database guru, to re-run the report, consolidating all the Holtzbrinck imprints. I also asked him to add Multnomah Books to Random House, since they were recently acquired by RH.

Top Christian Publishers

Nothing has changed in the overall ranking. We are still the number one Christian publisher and the number six trade publisher. (Click on the above thumbnail images to see larger PDFs.)

A few people have asked how in the world John Wiley and Scholastic could be smaller than Thomas Nelson. Keep in mind that our ranking only considers trade sales. Both Wiley and Scholastic have giant academic, professional and technical, and—in Scholastic’s case—book fair programs.

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  • Clay

    It’s interesting that WaterBrook Multnomah, the Christian imprint of number one trade publisher Random House, didn’t make the top ten list of Christian Publishers. Do the Trade Publishers charts for Random House and Harper Collins include sales figures for WaterBrook and Zondervan?

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt

    WaterBrook Multnomah was included in the Random House total for trade publishers. All imprints were merged into the parent. As a result, Zondervan was also included with it’s parent, HarperCollins.

    We pulled out the Christian imprints when looking at the top Christian publishers. Zondervan was evaluated on it’s own, as was WaterBrook Multnomah. However, the latter didn’t make the top ten. It was number eleven.

  • http://www.jenniferrothschild.com Philip

    Hi Mike. Your link to Multnomah is pointing to wrong url. Philip

  • http://www.michaelhyatt.com Michael Hyatt


    Thanks for the catch. I have now fixed it.


  • http://www.rachelhauck.com Rachel Hauck

    Very cool information. The publishing world is so fascinating.