The Book Publishing industry is poised for strong growth. Over the five years through 2017, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 11.5% to total $20.3 billion; the industry is projected to grow 9.8% in 2017 alone. Profit is relatively high at 15.2% of revenue, and has remained steady over the past few years. High growth in the industry is mainly due to increasing popularity of online books, and also as a result of more book piracy.There were few new entrants into the Book Publishing industry over the past five years because growth was limited by government restrictions on foreign capital investment. To increase competitiveness, many publishers merged into regional groups that publish books across different fields...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22

Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

This industry is subject to a medium level of capital intensity. Book publishers in China have low automation levels. The major functions of publishing processes, such as editing and collating, still require large numbers of skilled workers. Although relevant software makes these processes simpler, the majority of book publishers are wholly state-owned with old computers that do not run advanced software. In addition, most Chinese people are more comfortable reading printed hardcopy materials. As a result, some editors still work off hard copies, even though most authors provide them with computer disks.Many book publishers have outsourced printing and distribution functions and are only engaged in publishing books. Som...purchase to read more.

Additional Insights for the Book Publishing Industry

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

  • Ability to compete on tender
  • Access to highly skilled workforce
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Government Purchasing Policy - Books and Magazines and Number of Students - Elementary and Secondary School in the Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Publishing Industry?

    The Book Publishing industry in China publishes books, textbooks, maps, and other printed articles. Companies engaged in book printing, retailing, and wholesaling are not included in this industry.

    Industry Products
  • Culture, science, education and sports books
  • Industrial technique books
  • Business and economics books
  • Literature books
  • Language books
  • Art books
  • Politics and legislation books
  • Other books
  • Industry Activities
  • Book publishing
  • Textbook publishing
  • Other printed article publishing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Government Purchasing Policy - Books and Magazines
  • Number of Students - Elementary and Secondary School
  • Downstream Demand - Book Stores & News Dealers
  • Competition from other Industries
  • Household Disposable Income

  • Current Performance
    Government restrictionsLow foreign influenceEducational booksE-competition
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
    Mergers and acquisitionsInternational trade
  • Table: Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book Wholesalers
  • Department Stores & Shopping Malls
  • Supermarkets
  • Bookstores
  • Colleges & Universities
  • Online Shopping

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book, Magazine and Periodical Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Culture, science, education and sports books
  • Other books
  • Literature books
  • Industrial technique books
  • Language books
  • Business and economics books
  • Art books
  • Politics and legislation books
  • Chart: Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Number of students
  • Disposable income levels
  • Government policies
  • Internet age
  • Consumer tastes

  • Major Markets
  • Book wholesalers
  • Book retailers
  • Schools
  • Others
  • Exports
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Wages
  • Purchases and depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Distribution and printing
  • Royalty payments
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Price
  • Content
  • Brand
  • International Standard Book Numbers (ISBNs)
  • Distribution
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    China Publishing Group, Phoenix Publishing & Media Network Group, Higher Education Press, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, People's Education Press,
  • Table: China Publishing Group - financial performance
  • Table: Phoenix Publishing & Media Network Group - financial performance
  • Table: Higher Education Press - financial performance
  • Table: Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press - financial performance
  • Table: People's Education Press - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the 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
    Table: Industry Data for the Book Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Total Assets (2008-2022)
  • Publication number (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A form of intellectual property that gives the author of an original work exclusive rights for a certain time in relation to that work. After this period, the work enters the public domain.
  • International Standard Book Number (Isbn)
  • A 10-digit number that uniquely identifies books published internationally, allowing for more efficient marketing by booksellers, libraries, universities, wholesalers, and distributors.
  • Pirated Books
  • Illegal copies of books reproduced without authorization.
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