The global economy presents its own set of opportunities and threats for businesses in a range of industries. IBISWorld’s Global Book Publishing global market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies globally and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2012 - 2017
Annual Growth
2017 - 2022
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The shift toward e-books is expected to result in industry profit expansion over the next five years
  • Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Fluctuations over the past five years have weighed down the potential for revenue growth in the Global Book Publishing industry. Over this period, a transition toward digital technology, particularly e-books, has created a fast-growing segment. Meanwhile, more mature markets, like North America and Europe, have embraced digital technologies early in the current period but have reached their apex. Consequently, industry revenue is forecast to increase slightly over the five years to 2017. Disposable income and literacy growth over the next five years will also support industry growth. The increasing use of the internet will facilitate book sales and the convenience of e-books will also expand the overall book market...

    Industry Investment

    The Global Book Publishing industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. IBISWorld estimates that for every dollar spent on labor, the average operator dedicates about $0.25 to capital equipment, such as printers and other hardware. Historically, developing a portfolio of books while continually seeking out and promoting talented writers has been labor intensive. Similarly, distribution activities require a significant amount of labor as it necessitates coordination and marketing activities from a highly skilled labor force. However, operators have increasingly undertaken capital investments to update their current systems and transition toward more digital publishing activities which will inevitably boost profit margins in the long run. Thi..

    Additional Insights for the Global Book Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Global Book Publishing Industry are

  • Management of a high quality assets portfolio
  • Must comply with government regulations
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Global consumer spending and Number of students in OECD countries in the Global Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Global Book Publishing Industry?

    This industry comprises enterprises, known as book publishers, which carry out the design, editing and marketing activities necessary for producing and distributing books. These enterprises may publish books in print, electronic or audio form.

    Industry Products
    Educational books
    Academic and professional texts
    Trade publications
    Consumer fiction
    Children's Books
    Industry Activities
    Almanac publishing
    Atlas and map publishing
    Book publishing
    Dictionary publishing
    Encyclopedia publishing
    Globe cover publishing
    Pamphlet publishing
    Technical manual publishing
    Travel guide publishing

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Global consumer spending
  • Number of students in OECD countries
  • Global internet usage
  • Global number of adults aged 65 and older
  • Global number of people aged 15 to 34
  • World price of wood pulp

  • Current Performance
  • Restructuring and development
  • New markets sustain revenue
  • Technological shift
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Emerging markets stimulate growth
  • Consolidation
  • Transition to digital
  • Table: Global Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Global Book Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Global Wholesale Trade
  • Global Department Stores and General Merchandise Stores
  • Global Convenience Store Chains
  • Global Supermarkets

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Global Commercial Printing
  • Global Paper & Pulp Mills

  • Products & Services
  • Trade publications
  • E-books
  • Children's Books
  • Educational books
  • Academic and professional texts
  • Consumer fiction
  • Chart: Global Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • E-tailer
  • Chain bookstores
  • Other retailers and wholesalers
  • Independent bookstores
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Global Book Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages and depreciation
  • Marketing
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Global Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Global Book Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Global Book Publishing Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Global Book Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of Students in OECD Countries (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • Legal protection that gives authors and other creative artists legal ownership of their work.
  • Developed Countries
  • Countries with post-industrial economies, meaning the service sector provides more wealth than the industrial sector.
  • E-Book
  • An electronic version of a book that can be downloaded to a portable e-reader, smartphone or computer.
  • E-Tailer
  • A retailer that primarily sells goods and services via the internet. Many of these companies do not have brick-and-mortar locations.
  • Emerging Markets
  • Nations with social or business activity involved in rapid growth and industrialization.
  • Imprint
  • Trade name under which a work is published. A single publishing company may have multiple imprints; the publisher uses the different imprints to market works to different demographics.
  • Licensing
  • A process that gives a publisher the exclusive right to publish an author's work and sell it as widely as possible. A publisher can also license a book to other publishers.
  • Newly Industrialized Countries
  • Nations with economies more advanced and developed than those in the developing world, but not yet with the full signs of a developed country.
  • Trade Book Publishing
  • The publishing of books geared toward a general audience, as opposed to textbooks or professional books; also known as consumer publishing.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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