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 offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at an international level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Market Share of Companies
The Thomson Corporation $x.xlock
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2011 - 2016
Annual Growth
2016 - 2021
Employment ('000)

Industry Threats & Opportunities

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

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    Economic uncertainty over the past five years, especially in Europe, weighed down revenue growth in the Global Book Publishing industry. Over this period, a transition toward digital technology, such as e-books, has created a fast growing segment; however, e-books are difficult to price, which has posed an interested challenge for the industry. In the coming years, disposable income and literacy growth will 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...

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    Industry Products

    Consumer books

    The Global Book Publishing industry can be divided into three major product segments, the largest of which comprises consumer books. These include fiction and nonfiction books, illustrated books (e.g. children's books) and reference books like encyclopedias and atlases. IBISWorld estimates that this segment generates the bulk of industry revenue, accounting for an estimated 52.0% in 2016. Since 2011, this segment has expanded its share of industry revenue due to the mounting availability of e-books. This format enables consumers to download and store thousands of books onto a device (e.g. a tablet or reader), which makes them more accessible and, therefore, boosts demand. However, the advent of e-books has also mitigated this segment's expansion. E-b..

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    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
    Consumer books (excluding textbooks)
    Education books
    Professional and scientific, technical and medical (STM) 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
  • External competition for the Global Publishing sector
  • Global internet usage
  • World price of wood pulp

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

  • Industry Outlook
  • Emerging and education 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
  • Consumer books (excluding textbooks)
  • Education books
  • Professional and scientific, technical and medical (STM) books
  • Other
  • Chart: Global Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Online retailers
  • Schools and textbook stores
  • Brick-and-mortar retailers and wholesalers
  • Other
  • 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
    The Thomson Corporation
  • Table: The Thomson Corporation - financial performance

  • 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 (2007-2021)
  • Industry Gross Product (2007-2021)
  • Establishments (2007-2021)
  • Businesses (2007-2021)
  • Employment (2007-2021)
  • Wages (2007-2021)
  • World Price of Wood Pulp (2007-2021)

  • 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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    • 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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