02/04/2013 12:32 pm ET Updated Apr 06, 2013

The Global 50: The World's Largest Book Publishers, 2012

Pearson's commitment to publishing allowed it to widen the company's lead as the world's largest book publisher in 2011. While Pearson, with holdings in both the trade and educational publishing segments, was able to increase its revenue last year, its closest rivals lost ground, according to Livres Hebdo/Publishers Weekly's annual ranking of the world's largest publishers. Second place Reed Elsevier, for example, saw its publishing sales fall as it had created a risk management division, which has no book-related sales.