Review of the Year 2014: Publishers - Overview

Review of the Year 2014: Publishers - Overview

Mergers and acquisitions may have continued apace in 2014, but the data for the print book market suggests that consolidation doesn’t necessarily equate to domination

When the Penguin Random House merger was announced a couple of years ago, the received wisdom was that the trade was marching inexorably towards mass consolidation, with the big boys hoovering up market share and completely dominating the industry. This may happen some day, but it has not yet—far from it.

Yes, PRH remains the lead actor on the British books stage, and in 2014 Hachette integrated Quercus and Constable & Rob...

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