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Rankings of America's largest publishers
Whoever is even the remotest interested in book publications knows who the Big Five specialist publishers are - even if not necessarily in which order. By the protocol, Penguin Random House was selling the most homes through National Park Directory BookingScan stores last year, followed by HarperCollins. Third-ranked Simon & Schuster, S&S last weeks report that its global sales in 2016 were $767 million, 1.8% less than in 2015.
In 2016, the Hachette Book Group was number 4 among the Perseus Books Group entities that Hachette purchased last March. Another puzzle is which is the 6th biggest trading firm. In 2016, the business that lagged behind the Big Five on the basis of retail booksellers' book scans was SCHOLASIC.
Last year, the firm had 33 bestselling films on PW's Children's Frontlist Fiction, among them the best-selling printed book from 2016: J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, who delivered 4.4 million cents. And while a number of textbooks on the Potters related lists have developed well over the year, many others, such as new textbooks in the company's Baby Sitters Club Graphix line.
Scholastic's total trading revenues (excluding book shows and clubs) for the 12 months ended November 30, 2016 were $318 million. Disney, another children's publishing house that did well last year with best-selling works, especially in the literature sector, came in 7th place. 25 of the bestselling works reached the Children's Front Lists book ranking, headed by six Star Wars and six by writer Rick Riordan.
The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, who last weeks announced a turnover of 165.6 million dollars in his trading department in 2016, was in eighth place on the selling unit league table. More than 100,000 books were distributed last year, including Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (about 172,000 books were distributed via BookScan) and What to Expect When You' re Expecting with more than 138,000 in all.
The tenth place on the ranking went to Barnes & Noble's publisher company, sterling. The publishers of the eleventh to twentieth places were a mixture of independant publishers (such as Norton, Kensington, Chronicle, Sourcebooks), departments of major corporations (Dover, held by LSC Communications), children's publishers (Candlewick) and religious institutions (B&H Publishers, Tyndale).
Wiley's 12th place on the ranking reflected the sale of his accounts and other trade-oriented publications to the general retail market, not his teaching pack. In 2016, both Dover and sterling continue to perform well with grown-up colouring book collections, although they were down on 2015 levels. As B&N said, due to heavy consumer demands for color book products for adults, retail bookstores selling to non-B&N stores in 2016 were almost 22% higher than in 2015.
B&H ranked number 19, partly due to heavy selling by Fervent, which last year produced around 306,000 items, and The Battle Plan for Prayer, which produced around 157,000 of them. This rankings and the articles were revised on July 31 after the NPD found that it was selling double-quantity sourcebook stocks for young adults.