Brandon Marlon


Comprehending Conglomerates

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 12:59 PM
Currently about 8 corporate conglomerates control the majority of the commercial publishing market in North America, namely: 
  • Random House
  • Penguin Group
  • Harper Collins
  • Simon & Schuster
  • Macmillan
  • Hachette
  • Harlequin Enterprises
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Together these entities represent the source of the majority of books published in hardcover, trade paperback and mass market paperback formats in the US and Canada, and they also have additional interests internationally. Some are owned by even larger companies like Germany’s Bertelsmann (Random House) or Holtzenbrinck (Macmillan). Ownership changes regularly as mergers occur, acquisitions are made, divisions are established and imprints founded. Suffice it to say that an author aspiring to receive the greatest advances, royalties, marketing and distribution of their book needs to find a home for their tome amid these major players.

Harlequin is Canada’s conglomerate, specializing in mass market paperback romance and women’s fiction.

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