New events and projects in 2016
2016-01-08 17:07:28 by rw

For 2016, we prepare fresh updates and extended new editions of our signature reports and professional events on the international publishing industry:

• The Global eBook report 2016 (for release in early April),
Publishers' Forum on April 28 & 29, in Berlin,
• The new Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry in June,
• A new Diversity Report, mapping flows of translation across Europe.

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Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Livre will be the sole speaker at the Frankfurt CEO Talk 2015.

Wednesday October 14, 2015, from 14:00 to 15:00
Frankfurt Book Fair, Hall 4.2, Room Dimension, Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club.

A debate on strategic developments in publishing – including notably consolidation, digital integration, and globalization -, presented by Livres Hebdo (France), with Bookdao (China), The Bookseller (United Kingdom), buchreport (Germany), PublishNews Brazil (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (USA), and the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club, featuring the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2015.

Arnaud Nourry, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hachette Livre, will be the sole speaker at the Wednesday edition of this year’s Frankfurt CEO talk.

Nourry will be interviewed for 60 minutes by the editors of Livres Hebdo, Bookdao, The Bookseller, buchreport, PublishNews Brazil and Publishers Weekly, in the context of the 2015 Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, in cooperation with the Frankfurt Book Fair Business Club. The event will be moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart.

The discussion will focus on the current transformation of the global book business. Topics of the interviews will include Hachette’s evolution in recent years as one of the leading general trade and educational publishers worldwide, global and European market developments, the digital transformation of the book business, the opportunities and challenges of emerging markets, as well as a strategic outlook on global publishing.

Arnaud Nourry, 54, who joined Hachette Livre in 1990, chairs the group, part of Lagardère Media Group, from 2003. He has been leading the international expansion of Hachette, now a leading publisher in France, UK, Spain and the US, where he bought Time Warner Books (now Hachette Book Group USA) in 2007.

For a synopsis of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2015, go here.

To purchase to full report, go here.
The complete Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2015 is ready for download as both an ebook or in print.

The full report includes the tables with key figures, an analytical essay plus detailed company profiles for all 56 listed companies.

An initiative by Livres Hebdo, this annual snapshot of the global book business has been updated every year since 2007, and is co-published by Bookdao, China, The Bookseller, UK, buchreport, Germany, Publishers Weekly, USA, and PublishNews Brazil. It has been researched by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting.

For a direct purchase of the Ranking, go here.

2 White Papers on
2015-09-20 17:02:30 by rw

How do international key publishing markets evolve - from North America and Europe to major emerging economies like Brazil, China, India, Indonesia or Turkey? And how does the business of books compare to global content media in general?

These are the defining question of 2 White Papers that we could research on behalf of the Frankfurt Book Fair in summer 2015.

Details and download here.

Global eBook report 2015 is out
2015-09-20 16:08:08 by rw

The 2015 edition of the Global eBook report has been released.

The 2015 edition of the Global eBook report, which has not only updated previous versions, but is re-written entirely, particularly emphasizes how digital developments are embedded in the overall evolution of publishing markets, by providing context data as well as historical statistics to spot trends and developments over the past 3 to 5 years.

For a direct download of the report, go to

We thanks our sponsors:
BookExpo America focuses on "Books in Translation: Wanderlust for the Written Word" in 2014, and we are proud to serve as program coordinator for this new edition of the "Global Market Forum" in New York City.

On May 28, 2014, a series of professional panel debates will explore how translations can take advantage of today's hugely expanding possibilites of the international book industry, as BEA's press release has it:

"Books throughout history have been the vehicle for ideas and stories that transcend geography and cultures, reaching audiences far beyond a native land or language. Globalization and digitization bring new forces that are re-inventing the book trade and extending the possibilities for translations."

Partners to the BEA Global Market Forum will include the Literary Translation at Columbia Writing Program, PEN World Voices, Open Letter Press at the University of Rochester, the Association of Author Representatives (AAR), American Literary Translators Association, Art of Translation in San Francisco as well as representatives of international markets promoting their countries’ literature in the US.

Find the complete press release here below for download.

BEA GMF TranslationInitiativeFINAL7 18 13.pdf
Join us at the Tools of Change TOCFrankfurt conference as we will present an extended update of our survey "Global Ebook Market" and discuss how to "Outsmart Piracy".

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The report can be downloaded for free at the O Reilly ebook shop here (registration required).
The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry, started in 2007, has been released in its fully updated edition of 2013.
The ranking lists the 60 largest publishing groups worldwide, with their revenues (mostly based on 2012 figures), and with a detailed analysis of recent developments in global publishing markets over the past year. For all listed companies, company profiles are available.
The Global Ranking has been initiated by Livres Hebdo, and is co-published by buchreport, Publishers Weekly, PublishNews Brazil, The Bookseller.
Find a summary for download here below.

Markus Dohle, newly appointed CEO of Penguin Random House, will be the single guest speaker at this year’s Frankfurt CEO debate. He will be interviewed by the editors of leading professional magazines of the international book trade: Livres Hebdo and The Bookseller, buchreport, PublishNews Brazil and Publishers Weekly , in the context of the Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2013, and in cooperation with the Frankfurt Academy. The event will be moderated by Rüdiger Wischenbart. It will take place on Wednesday, 9 October, 2013, from 2.30 to 3.30 pm at room Dimension Hall 4.2 at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
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Allow us to proudly invite you to several events and reports about latest developments in international publishing which we prepared for the Frankfurt Book Fair - as examples of our work in the past year.

The map above was drawn based on the brand new report “The Global Map of Publishing Markets 2012”, which we prepared on behalf of the International Publishers Association (IPA). You can find it, together with a brief analysis on current trends on IPA’s or at .
A second study, the “Global Ebook Markets” report will provide rich ressources and analysis in much more detail, on how digital is growing, not just in the English language sphere, but also in Europe and globally.
It is presented at the TOCFrankfurt conference on Tuesday, October 9, 2012 ( ), with two different panel: One on “Outsmarting Piracy”, and the other on “Where next?”. The report will be available for download for free from Tuesday at .
What are, overall, in the perspective of leading companies, the relevant trends of that industry, and who are the drivers and the actors? This will be discussed at the
Frankfurt CEO panel: Disruption and New frontier.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 14:30 to 16:00,
Hall 4.2., Room Dimension

Meet executives from key players, notably Barnes & Noble, Fnac, Google, Kobo and IndiaPlaza, hosted by the leading industry magazines The Bookseller, buchreport, Livres Hebdo, PublishNews Brazil, Publishers Weekly. This is the annual state of the industry debate, based on our “Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry”.
And for a more indepth approach, we invite you at this special event:
Understanding Arab Publishing:
The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Wednesday, October 10, 2012, 16:15 to 17:15
Forum Dialogue, Hall 5.1 A 962.
This debate will introduce the brand new “Research Centre” of the Sharjah International Book Fair, with two studies that we could carry out recently, a thorrough analysis on reading habits in the UAE, and on the emerging UAE publishing market, a the crossroads between Europa, Spouth Asia and the Arab world, and as a hub to an exciting region for culture and business in full change.

As publishing goes digital & global, we have the numbers, and share the insights.
Looking forward to seeing you in Frankfurt!

Drawing the Global Map and top20 Publishing Markets 2012_final.pdf

Diversity Report 2010
2012-01-02 11:28:58 by rw

Who gets translated in European fiction? And who is left out? A survey of 200 well renowned authors of contemporary fiction across 12 European languages.

The “Global Ebook” report to be continued, with broad network of media partners.
Next update ready in October 2013, tracking key data and referencing international ebook developments.

The “Global Ebook” market survey will continue to serve the global publishing community by mapping key market data, referencing global, regional and local players, and providing overview and analysis on critical topics.
The next update of the study is prepared for September 30, 2013, in time before the Frankfurt Book Fair, researched and published by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, and promoted through a unique network of media partners which includes many of the leading trade magazines of the international publishing industry, notably Book Dao (PRChina), Book Industry Magazine (Russia), buchreport (Germany), Livres Hebdo (France), PublishNews (Brazil), Publishers Weekly (US), Svensk Boekhandel (Sweden).
The “Global Ebook” report surveys key developments relevant to the emerging ebook markets in many countries and regions (including the US, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Scandinavia, Central and Southeast Europe, Russia, Brazil, the Arab World, PRChina, or India) and tracks critical debates on such decisive topics as ebook pricing, DRM, piracy, or the challenges of global versus local players.
The “Global Ebook” market report has been initiated and supported by O’Reilly Media and the TOC conferences in fall 2011, and updated twice per year. The most recent update of February 2013 can be downloaded at Starting with the next update of fall 2013, the report will be published by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting, with additional details to be released in the course of summer 2013.
Contact: ruediger (at)
Vienna, June 19, 2013

Presenting a report on Arab publishing
2012-09-17 15:52:21 by rw

The report "Publishing in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will be released in Paris at the Institut du Monde Arabe on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (see here), and at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 10, 2012, at 16:15 in hall 5.1 A562 at the Forum Dialogue with details here.

The report is ready for download here.

BookExpo America: Read Russia 2012
2012-01-09 12:48:11 by JC

BookExpo America (June 4 to 7, 2012) in New York welcomes Russia! Under the headline of Read Russia, BEA will feature an exceptionally attractive set of professional and cultural programs on Russian publishing and literature in the framework of its “Global market Forum”. We are happy to serve as BEA in making this happen.
How could a literary translation prize work on the European level, taking into account the wide variety of involved languages, and catering to the requirements of the various relevant stakeholders?

Executive summary here

Final Report here