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Brief Introductions to UK Publishers
Origin:Image Printing  Data: 3/18/2011  Keywords: UK Publishers,book printing industry

The book printing industry developed in UK very well based on its prosperous economic and culture. In 2006, UK Publishers Association gave the scale of UK publishing industry based on publishers' sales. As it estimated, the size of UK domestic market is very huge, and kept increasing of high spread on the previous year. There were around 2,300 book publishers registered for VAT, plus thousands more individuals and organizations publishing a narrow range of titles.

The number of titles published in UK in 2006 reached to 115,522 as previous 10 years level. In 2005, over 625,000 separate titles were sold in UK market, and top 500 titles accounted for 24 percent of total sales. All kinds of publishers can be described as serving niche markets. Attaining a critical mass in a particular field, right down to a list of books on the narrowest subject area, is vital to publishers of every size. It allows the employment of editors who understand and have contact with authors and associates in a particular field, and who can shape projects for their intended markets. A respected list attracts authors.

Furthermore, a list of books needs to generate sufficient turnover to allow effective marketing and selling, which in turn feeds new publishing. Books in the UK are zero rated for VAT alongside newspapers, magazines published at regular intervals (more than once a year), and printed music. VAT is charged on digital products such as CD-ROMs and online content. Themes shared across publishing sectors include the growth of digital publishing, changes in publishing processes, and the search for new talent, sometimes from outside the industry. The larger companies have shown an increased interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR).

This is a list of largest UK trade book printing companies, with some of their principal imprints, ranked by sales value in year 2009.

  1. Hachette Livre (UK) £287.9m (16.4%)
    • Headline; Hodder & Stoughton, Sceptre; Little, Brown, Abacus, Sphere, Piatkus, Orbit, Virago; Orion, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Gollancz, Phoenix, Everyman; John Murray; Octopus, Cassell, Hamlyn, Mitchell Beazley, Philips; Orion Children's Books, Hodder Children?s Books, Orchard Books, Franklin Watts, Wayland, Hodder Education, Chambers Harrap
  2. Random House (UK) £239.4m (13.7%)
    • Century, Hutchinson, William Heinemann, Arrow; Chatto & Windus, Jonathan Cape, Harvill Press, Secker & Warburg, Vintage, Pimlico, Bodley Head; Transworld, Doubleday, Bantam Press, Black Swan, Bantam, Corgi; Ebury Press, BBC Books; Virgin Books, Black Lace, Nexus, Cheek; Andersen Press
  3. Penguin Books £170.5m (9.7%)
    • Penguin, Hamish Hamilton, Allen Lane, Michael Joseph, Viking, Rough Guides, Dorling Kindersley, Puffin, Ladybird, Warne
  4. HarperCollins £132.3m (7.6%)
    • HarperCollins, 4th Estate, Avon, Voyager, Collins
  5. Pan Macmillan £57.3m (3.3%)
    • Pan Books, Picador, Macmillan New Writing, Macmillan, Boxtree, Sidgwick and Jackson, Tor (UK), Kingfisher
  6. Pearson Education £40.7m (2.3%)
  7. Oxford University Press £37.6m (2.1%)
  8. Bloomsbury £35.6m (2.0%)
    • Bloomsbury, A&C Black
  9. Simon & Schuster £27.2m (1.6%)
  10. John Wiley & Sons (UK) £26.7m (1.5%)
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