The Largest Textbook Publishers

The Largest Textbook Publishers

Have you ever spent a rainy day scanning bookshelves at your local library or bookstore for the fun of it? If you consider yourself an avid reader, you’ve probably done this more than once. Being able to pick up a random book off a bookshelf and read it casually can be super satisfying. But in some cases, especially for college students, your school and coursework will dictate which books you need to read during your free time. Some professors may require you to study from certain textbook publishers, or even accredited authors who fit the curriculum or class they’re teaching.

At TextbookRush, we have reading material readily available from the largest and most well-known educational publishers in the industry, spanning a wide range of subjects. And by choosing us for your textbook needs, you can buy, rent, or sell textbooks online at great prices. Quickly browse the textbooks you need for class right here, easily making your selections from one or more of the five largest college textbook publishers below:

  1. Pearson
  2. Scholastic
  3. McGraw-Hill
  4. Cengage Learning
  5. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Notable Textbook Companies

While there are many college textbook publishers located all over the world, some are more well-known than others based on size, annual revenue, years in business, location, customer service reputation, and so much more. Keep reading to learn more about a few of the most notable textbook publishers outside the top five.

John Wiley & Sons

More widely known as Wiley in the textbook industry, this global publishing company has been around for over 200 years. With its headquarters located in Hoboken, New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons primarily publishes medical and scientific textbooks for college students and teachers.

Oxford University Press

As the university press of the University of Oxford, this prestigious educational publisher is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest. Located in the United Kingdom, they publish academic books, bibles, research journals, sheet music, and more.

Routledge Taylor & Francis Group

Routledge and CRC Press, imprints of parent company Taylor & Francis Group, is a leading provider of humanities, social sciences, and other academic subjects. Together, they publish over 7,000 new books each year that are distributed globally.

SAGE Publications

Now located in Thousand Oaks, California, SAGE Publications is an independent company that was initially founded in 1965 in New York. SAGE also owns and operates textbook companies Corwin Press, CQ Press, Learning Matters, and Adam Matthew Digital, producing both books and journals.


With its headquarters in Amsterdam, Elsevier is part of the RELX Group and is known for publishing journals that pertain to the science, technology, and health professions. Much of their published content can be accessed online via e-books.

Wolters Kluwer

Operating in over 150 countries today, Wolters Kluwer publishes legal, tax, accounting, compliance, and healthcare books. It was founded in 1987 with a merger between Kluwer Publishers and Wolters Samsom.

Next Steps

If you need books from some of the most well-regarded textbook publishers, TextbookRush has cheap textbooks to help you complete coursework and prepare you for your next exam without breaking the bank. You can also rent your books from us at affordable prices, returning them when you’re done. Wondering what to do with old textbooks? If you bought your textbooks from us and they retained their value, you can sell them back to us for cash to get back a portion of what you paid.


About the author

Alison Blankenship
Senior Marketing Manager
I graduated Cum Laude from The Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with degrees in Marketing and Communications. I’ve been working in the textbook industry for over 10 years, and my work has been featured by College Confidential, Mercy College of Health Sciences, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania Tribune, Montana Technological University, Oregon Live, and other organizations.

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