As of 2018, five firms in
France rank among the world's biggest publishers of books in terms of revenue: Éditions Lefebvre Sarrut , Groupe Albin Michel, Groupe Madrigall (including Éditions Gallimard), Hachette Livre (including Éditions Grasset), and Martinière Groupe (including Éditions du Seuil). 
See also: Global spread of the printing press: France; Manuscript culture: Booksellers in Paris; History of printing in Brittany ; History of printing in Lyon ; History of printing in Mayenne
"In 1292 the book-trade of Paris consisted of 24 copyists, 17 bookbinders, 19
parchment makers, 13 illuminators, 8 dealers in manuscripts."
In Paris in 1470, Martin Crantz, Michael Freyburger, and
Ulrich Gering produced the first printed book in France, Epistolae (letters), by Gasparinus de Bergamo. In 1476 in Lyon appeared one of the first printed French-language books, La Légende Dorée ( Golden Legend) by Jacobus da Varagine.
The French royal library began at the
Louvre Palace in 1368 during the reign of Charles V, opened to the public in 1692, and became the Bibliothèque nationale de France in 1792. The Centre National du Livre (Center for the Book) formed in 1946. The Salon Livre Paris began in 1981.
The history of the book in France has been studied from a variety of cultural, economic, political, and social angles. Influential scholars include
Roger Chartier, Robert Darnton, Elizabeth Eisenstein, and Henri-Jean Martin.
See also: French booksellers and Category:Bookstores of France
The Cercle de la Librairie
Syndicat National de la Librairie Ancienne et Moderne booksellers association in 1914.
(book trade union) organized in 1847 in Paris, and the
started a L'Express bestseller list in 1961, and Livres Hebdo started one in 1984.
In popular culture
^ The same five also topped the list in 2016 and 2017.
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