Books in the United Kingdom

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As of 2018, seven firms in the United Kingdom rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: Bloomsbury, Cambridge University Press, Informa, Oxford University Press, Pearson, Quarto, and RELX Group.[1][nb 1]


In 1477 William Caxton in Westminster printed The Dictes or Sayengis of the Philosophres, considered "the first dated book printed in England."[4]

The history of the book in the United Kingdom has been studied from a variety of cultural, economic, political, and social angles. The learned Bibliographical Society first met in 1892. In recent years influential scholars include Frederic Sutherland Ferguson, Philip Gaskell, Ronald Brunlees McKerrow, and Alfred W. Pollard.


See also: Category:Bookshops of the United Kingdom and Booksellers Association of the UK and Ireland

The Antiquarian Booksellers Association formed in 1906, and the Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association in 1972.[5]


See also: Category:Libraries in the United Kingdom and List of libraries in Scotland

The University of Oxford's Bodleian Library was founded in 1602.

The British Library was formally established in 1973, its collection previously part of the British Museum (est. 1753).

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 stipulates that the British Library receives a copy of every printed work published in the United Kingdom. Five other libraries are entitled to copies: Cambridge University Library, University of Oxford's Bodleian Library, the National Library of Scotland, the Library of Trinity College, Dublin, and the National Library of Wales. The London-based Copyright Agency became the Edinburgh-based Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries in 2009.[6]



US-based Google Inc. began scanning pages of Bodleian Library volumes in 2005, as part of its new Google Books Library Project.

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, US, 265 (38), 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. ^ "Printing in England from William Caxton to Christopher Barker: an Exhibition, November 1976 - April 1977". University of Glasgow.
  5. ^ "Our History". Royston, Hertfordshire: Provincial Booksellers Fairs Association. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Agency for the Legal Deposit Libraries". Retrieved 30 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Best Seller",, retrieved 30 November 2017


published in 19th century
  • Robert Watt (1824), Bibliotheca Britannica + v.2
  • G.W. Porter; G.K. Fortescue, eds. (1889). "Bibliographies of Countries: Great Britain and Ireland". List of Bibliographical Works in the Reading Room of the British Museum (2nd ed.). London. OCLC 3816244 – via Internet Archive.
  • Robert Proctor (1898). "Books Printed From Types: England". Index to the Early Printed Books in the British Museum. London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner and Company. pp. 714+. OCLC 6438080 – via HathiTrust.
published in 20th century
  • "Bibliography: National Bibliographies". Chambers's Encyclopaedia. 2. London. 1901. Great Britain
  • Alice Bertha Kroeger; Isadore Gilbert Mudge (1917). "Bibliography: National and Trade: English". Guide to the Study and Use of Reference Books (3rd ed.). American Library Association.
  • Pollard and Redgrave (1928), Short-Title Catalogue of Books…1475-1640
  • Donald Wing (1945–1951), Short-Title Catalogue of Books Printed in England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and British America and of English Books Printed in Other Countries, 1641-1700
  • W. W. Greg (1954), Some Aspects and Problems of London Publishing, 1550–1650
  • Philip G. Altbach; Edith S. Hoshino, eds. (1995). "United Kingdom". International Book Publishing: An Encyclopedia. Garland. ISBN 9781134261260.
  • Helmut Gneuss, ed. (1996). Books and Libraries in Early England. ISBN 0860786021.
  • J. Raven, H. Small, and N. Tadmor (eds.), The Practice and Representation of Reading in England (Cambridge UP, 1996)
  • History of the Book in Britain. Cambridge University Press. 1998–2014. ISBN 0521573467. (6 volumes)
published in 21st century
  • Sally Mapstone; et al., eds. (2007–2012). Edinburgh History of the Book in Scotland. Edinburgh University Press. ISBN 9780748619122.CS1 maint: Date format (link)
  • Leah Price (2012). How to Do Things with Books in Victorian Britain. Princeton University Press. ISBN 978-0691114170.
  • Michael F. Suarez; H. R. Woudhuysen, eds. (2013). The Book: A Global History. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-967941-6.. Contains chapters: "Britain, c.1475-1800" by Andrew Murphy; "Britain, 1801-1914" by Leslie Howsam; "Britain from 1914" by Claire Squires
  • The Publishers Association (2013). Directory of Publishing 2014: United Kingdom and The Republic of Ireland (38 ed.). Bloomsbury. OCLC 762676621.
  • Nicola Wilson, ed. (2016). The Book World: Selling and Distributing British Literature, 1900-1940. Brill. ISBN 9789004315860.
  • Abigail Williams (2017). Social Life of Books: Reading Together in the Eighteenth-Century Home. Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0300208290.

External links

  • "(Place:GB)", Incunabula Short Title Catalogue: the International Database of 15th-century European Printing, British Library (Bibliography of editions published in present-day UK; also browsable by town)
  • Ian Maxted (ed.), Exeter Working Papers in Book History
  • "Publications". Bibliographical Society. (Includes works about history of books in the UK)
  • BibSite – via Bibliographical Society of America. Free to read (Includes articles on UK book history)
  • University of London’s Society of Bibliophiles
  • David Finkelstein; Alistair McCleery (eds.). "Scottish Archive of Print & Publishing History Records". University of Edinburgh.
  • "Reading Experience Database, 1450–1945". UK: Open University. 30,000 records of reading experiences of British subjects, both at home and abroad, and of visitors to the British Isles
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