Paperback in black: As e-book sales stagnate, physical books are making a resurgence

The Book Publishing industry has undergone some restructuring over the five years to 2018 to adapt to evolving consumer preferences. While technological changes in the industry have facilitated the proliferation of digital book development and retailing, operators have yet to balance print and digital books. Over the five years to 2023, publishers will increase investment in the internet and other media outlets to directly interact with consumers and boost e-book sales. However, according to Publishers Weekly, recent sales have pointed to a re-emerging preference of consumers for purchasing physical books...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$28bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-0.6%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
60,304
Businesses
2,499
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The rise of modern technologies has helped bolster industry profitability
  • Technological developments have heavily influenced consumer demand
  • The growing dependence on e-books leaves publishers exposed to changes in downstream markets
  • Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

    Barriers to entry include the cost of recruiting authors; purchasing paper, printing and printers; developing distribution channels and marketing. While most of these activities can be outsourced, revenue is never guaranteed and costs recur for each book published.Established book businesses streamline operations on a regular basis, cutting their production costs. This factor enables established publishers to offer books at much lower prices. There are higher barriers in the education book publishing market due to the importance of brand names, relatively high upfront investment and increased pressure from the market for add-on products.In retail stores that carry a small selection of books, leading publishers often have a dominant share of shelf space. Maj...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

  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Establishment of brand names
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of college students and commerce sales in the Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Publishing Industry?

    The Book Publishing industry edits and designs books. Book publishers also engage in marketing activities and make distribution agreements with operators in the Book, Magazine and Newspaper Wholesaling industry (IBISWorld report 42492). The industry does not include authors, who are part of the Performers and Creative Artists industry (71151).

    Industry Products
  • Textbooks
  • Adult trade books
  • Professional, technical and scholarly books
  • Children's books
  • Other books and services
  • Industry Activities
  • Discovering authors, stories or other content
  • Editing books
  • Designing book layout and covers
  • Marketing authors and books
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of college students
  • commerce sales
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online

  • Current Performance
  • Channels of distribution
  • Education segment
  • Technology
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Managing costs
  • Rising textbook demand
  • Distribution channels
  • 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, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Book Stores
  • Educational Services

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Ink Manufacturing
  • Paper Mills
  • Paper Wholesaling
  • Performers & Creative Artists
  • Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Textbooks
  • Professional, technical and scholarly books
  • Adult trade books
  • Other books and services
  • Children's books
  • Chart: Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 65 and over
  • Consumers aged 45 to 54
  • Consumers under age 25
  • Consumers aged 55 to 64
  • Consumers aged 35 to 44
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • 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
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketing and other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, Pearson PLC,
  • Table: Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA - financial performance
  • Table: Pearson PLC - 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
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)
  • E-commerce sales (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Adoption
  • The process of reviewing textbooks and mandating that certain ones are used or that teachers can select books from an approved list.
  • Brick-And-Mortar
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Digital Printing
  • The process of printing a batch of books (typically a few hundred) using laser printer technology to save on production and inventory costs.
  • E-Book
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Postsecondary Education
  • College- or university-level education that includes graduate or post-graduate (PhD) education.
  • Primary Education
  • Education from kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Secondary Education
  • Education from ninth grade through 12th grade.
  • Trade Book
  • A fiction or nonfiction book printed for general distribution.
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