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As of 2018, several firms in the United States rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: Cengage Learning, HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill Education, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Wiley.[1][nb 1]



In 1640 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stephen Daye produced the first book printed in British North America, the Bay Psalm Book.[4]

The American Library Association formed in 1876, and the Bibliographical Society of America in 1904. The national Center for the Book began in 1977.





Popular books in the 19th century included Sheldon's In His Steps (1896). 20th century bestsellers included Mitchell's Gone with the Wind (1936), Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937), Spock's Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946), Harris' I'm OK – You're OK (1969), Woodward and Bernstein's All the President's Men (1974). Recent bestsellers have included Warren's Purpose-Driven Life (2002) and Brown's Da Vinci Code (2003).[5]

The influential "New York Times Best Seller list" first appeared in 1931. The online bookseller Amazon.com began business in July 1995, based in the state of Washington.[6][7]







Some notable collections of books of the United States include:



The nonprofit Internet Archive began scanning books in 2004, in the same year that Google Inc. launched Google Book Search. In 2005, Google began scanning pages of volumes in several large research libraries in the US, as part of its new Google Books Library Project. The Open Content Alliance formed in 2005.





Published in 19th century

  • Joseph Sabin; Wilberforce Eames; R. W. G. Vail, eds. (1868–1936). Bibliotheca Americana: a Dictionary of Books relating to America, from its Discovery to the Present Time. New York. OCLC 13972268.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link) Free access icon
  • "Publishers Weekly", Children's Starred Reviews Annual, ISSN 0000-0019 1872-
  • G.W. Porter; G.K. Fortescue, eds. (1889). "Bibliographies of Countries: United States of America". List of Bibliographical Works in the Reading Room of the British Museum (2nd ed.). London. OCLC 3816244 – via Internet Archive.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  • "The New York Times Book Review", The New York Times Book Review: The Section 7, ISSN 0028-7806 1896-

Published in 20th century


Published in 21st century


See also



  1. ^ Of these, several also topped the list in 2016 and 2017.[2][3]


  1. ^ "The World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2018", Publishers Weekly, vol. 265, no. 38, US, 14 September 2018
  2. ^ "World's 52 Largest Book Publishers, 2016", Publishers Weekly, US, 26 August 2016
  3. ^ "World's 54 Largest Publishers, 2017", Publishers Weekly, US, 25 August 2017
  4. ^ Boyer 2001.
  5. ^ "Best Seller", Britannica.com, retrieved November 30, 2017
  6. ^ "The Next Big Thing: A Bookstore?", Fortune.com, December 9, 1996
  7. ^ "Amazon.com". Archived from the original on 1999-08-28. Retrieved 2018-11-09 – via Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Book Club of California". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "The Caxton Club". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  10. ^ "Florida Bibliophile Society". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  11. ^ "The Grolier Club". Retrieved March 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "The Ticknor Society". Retrieved March 11, 2017.