Global 50 Con

The digital conference presents the most important trends of the „Global 50 Publishing Ranking“.
September 26, 2024, 3:00 pm


How does the publishing business look from a global meta perspective? How is digitalization transforming not only trade publishers, but also specialist, academic and educational publishers? And where are completely new business and distribution models being formed – moving beyond the good old book industry? Every year, the „Global 50 Publishing Ranking“ measures the major lines of development in the international book business. To accompany the new edition, a digital conference presents the most important trends.
The „Global 50 Publishing Ranking“ is published by Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and Consulting since 2007. In partnership with leading industry media – Publishers Weekly (US), The Bookseller (UK), Livres Hebdo (France), DIGITAL PUBLISHING REPORT (Germany) and Bookdao (China) – this is not just a list of the world’s 50 leading publishing groups ranked by turnover. With a detailed analysis and fact-filled profiles of all 50 companies portrayed, the digital publication offers an indispensable information package for decision-makers in the publishing business on around 250 pages.

The Global 50 Publishing Ranking and CEO Talk are sponsored by Bookwire.


  • Introduction with summary on report findings by Ruediger Wischenbart

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  • Comparing recent industry consolidation in US, Germany and France

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  • Changing roles and opportunities for authors

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  • AI's transformational impact on how Big Publishing works

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  • How service providers support publishers in their digital transformation

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Content and Consulting was founded in 2005 by Rüdiger Wischenbart in Wien, Austria. We live and operate in an ecosystem of publishers and book fairs, professional media, public sector institutions and well connected peers. We connect with industry thought leaders, IT experts, academics, writers, and friends with experiences in related industries – like movies, TV platforms, music, or the performing arts – as well as entirely different realms.

We enable media companies to master the technical and strategic challenges of digital transformation. With our digital media, we bring publishers, experts and technology providers together in a practical way – with the aim of building the leading community for the transfer of know-how in digital publishing.

Publishers Weekly is familiarly known in the book world as PW and “the bible of the book business.” Focused on the international book publishing business, it is now a multimedia news platform with full horizontal coverage of book publishing beginning with the author-as-creator to publisher, printer, and distributor to the end consumer. Its varied products are targeted at publishers, booksellers, librarians, literary agents, authors, book lovers, and the media.

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