Hats off to Sarah Glassmeyer for graphing out the shrinking legal publisher market in a way that really shows how much consolidation has been going on over the past 30+ years (see the full graph). Glassmeyer lists out the three big publishers (Thomson Reuters, Reed Elsevier, and Wolters Kluwer) and show how much of the market that these big players have gobbled up.
I’m sure that I missed many of the mergers that have taken place, but it gives you a visual on how much the market is shrinking under a few umbrellas. On the other hand, there are still a lot of upstarts out there that are entering the market all the time, so maybe that will help balance things out in the end.
I hope that someone (or a crowd of people… hint, hint) will take the time to make a Reed Elsevier and Wolters Kluwer spreadsheet and share it with the rest of us.