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Lists of the biggest publishers
Ever since Gutenberg's Bible was printed in 1455, publishers have been an important sector, spreading information, opinion, teaching material and fun. The 45 largest publishers generated sales of around 73 billion US dollars in 2006. Most of the top publishers specialise in textbooks for the general publics.
The Random House is the world's biggest specialist book publishers. Since 1998 a Bertelsmann AG company, Random House was established in 1925. Random House has purchased such well-known publishers as Alfred A. Knopf, Pantheon and Ballantine School. She has released more Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners than any other publishers.
Random House's work is available in almost every nation with publishers in 19 different states. Harper Collins Publishers, a wholly owned division of News Corporation since 1987, is one of the world's leading English-speaking publishers. Established in 1817, HarperCollins went initially from J. and J. Harper and later from Harper and Brothers.
The publisher for a number of renowned US and EU writers, among them Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and the Bronte family. HarperCollins is the first publisher to digitise its libraries for use in today's e-books and e-readers. Since the separation from Viacom in 2006, Simon & Schuster has been a CBS Corporation affiliate and a leading general interest publisher.
Established in 1924, they released the first book of crosswords, which was a best-seller. Each year they release around 2,000 publications. The Penguin Group (USA) Inc. was formed in 1996 through the combination of Penguin and The Putnam Berkley Group.
Penguin was founded in 1936 and the initial Wiley & Putnam reincarnation took place in 1838. Penguin's many brands and prints include the likes of Puffin, Gotham Book and Victorinox. The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a major publisher known primarily for its teaching materials, but also for a wide range of children's and young people's work.
Founded in 1919 as a textbook publishing house, Harcourt merges with Houghton Mifflin in 2007. They are one of the foremost publishers of text books, reading books, curricula, educational video and CD-ROMs in the United States.