The Domination of the Big Five U.S. Trade Publishers

Hi all,five-palm

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about the domination of the U.S. publishing industry by the so-called “Big Five” publishing companies: Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Simon and Schuster, and Hachette.

With this in mind, I thought I’d share the chart at the link below as it allows writers to quickly and easily identify which imprints and publishers are owned by each of the “Big Five” U.S. publishing companies. Many thanks to Ali Almossawi for putting it together:

While viewing this list, it’s important to remember that not all U.S publishers are included, only those owned by these five publishing companies. For instance, Scholastic, publisher of the Harry Potter and Hunger Games series, and arguably the biggest children’s publisher in the world, is not included.

Would love your thoughts: how do you think this structure fares for the range of books we see on shelves? Or does it make little or no difference at all?

Happy writing,



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