January 10, 2015 in 

The Big Five largest publishers are Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette and Macmillan.

The Big Five are the five largest English-language book publishers worldwide, accounting for approximately two-thirds of books published worldwide in the English language. These five publishers include Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan.

The Big Five were established in 2013, following Penguin & Random House’s merger. Each subsidiary is owned by one of three large media conglomerates: Hachette is part of Lagardere Group; HarperCollins by News Corp and Simon & Schuster by CBS Corp, respectively, with Macmillan alone remaining unaffiliated to any larger conglomerate; it belongs to German firm Holtzbrinck Publishing Group instead.

The Big Five publishers have long been under attack for their dominance and pricing of electronic books; further, Hachette and Amazon have received particular criticism regarding author treatment.

The Big Five publishes an impressive range of books – bestsellers to literary fiction to non-fiction – from bestsellers to non-fiction to children’s literature and romance novels, cookbooks, and self-help tomes. Children are a solid focus for these five publishers as primary children’s publishers with extensive children’s book offerings and romance novels, cookbooks, and self-help texts in their catalog.

Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan comprise The Big Five publishers in the US: Penguin Random House, Hachette, HarperCollins Simon & Schuster, and Macmillan control an overwhelming share of the market and hold immense power, often dictate terms to authors, bookstores and new authors/small presses in terms of book publication terms imposed upon authors/booksellers while making entry more challenging than necessary for newcomers and smaller presses alike into said market; yet these publishers publish fantastic titles as they invest heavily into marketing/promotion efforts which make their presence felt; while they may not always perfect, these five giant publishers remain significant contributors within publishing industry as an integral part.

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CJ McDaniel

CJ grew up admiring books. His family owned a small bookstore throughout his early childhood, and he would spend weekends flipping through book after book, always sure to read the ones that looked the most interesting. Not much has changed since then, except now some of those interesting books he picks off the shelf were designed by his company!

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