Overview

Skipping ahead: Heightened internet usage and reduced leisure time will drive growth

IBISWorld’s Audiobook Publishing market research report is a comprehensive guide to market size and growth prospects. Our industry reports offer strategic industry analysis of the factors influencing companies, including new product developments, economic, lifestyle and demographic influences, distribution and supply chain factors and pricing issues. Full analysis accompanies our data forecasts to illustrate how the market responds to emerging industry trends.

REPORT SNAPSHOT

Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$2bn
Annual Growth
12-17
10.0%
Annual Growth
17-22
Profit
Employment
4,730
Business
232

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Competition has become increasingly fierce as low digital distribution costs and expanding profitability attract numerous new entrants
  • Increased publishing activity has been conducive to industry operator expansion
  • Rising disposable income and stagnant leisure time are forecast to bolster industry revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    In recent years, the Audiobook Publishing industry has slowed, but not before benefiting significantly from rising digital sales, as consumers were quick to adopt new technologies and new mediums. The growing acceptance of broadband internet-connected mobile devices has allowed for subscription services to permeate the publishing industry; this has, in turn, enabled consumers to purchase industry products instantly and conveniently. Over the five years to 2022, stagnant leisure time will support revenue growth as audiobooks are a more passive activity than reading and can be consumed while completing other activities. Conversely, the rate of product penetration is slowing, which will bring growth down from double-digit increases as it becomes harder for operators to find new customers...

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    Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Audiobook Publishing industry is characterized by a moderate level of capital intensity. As a process, audiobook publishing is labor-intensive, with narrators delivering more than 40-hours of finished work and highly skilled sound engineers to put the product together. These tasks tend to be contracted out with more less-skilled positions, like translation and transcribing, which pay less. Hence, much of the labor paid for by industry operators is treated as purchase costs rather than labor costs.

    For every dollar spent on labor, the industry spends $0.26 on capital, such as recording devices. Operators entering the industry or seeking to expand must often invest heavily in new technologies and cannot afford to employee permanent staff. Reg..

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    Additional Insights for the Audiobook Publishing Industry

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

  • Must comply with association regulations
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Access to multi-skilled and flexible workforce
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Demand from book publishing and Per capita disposable income in the Audiobook Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Audiobook Publishing Industry?

    Establishments in this industry primarily edit and design audiobooks. Additionally, industry operators engage in marketing activities and handle distribution agreements with wholesalers, brick-and-mortar and online stores. This industry excludes work completed by authors or disk manufacturers.

    Industry Products
    Digital audiobooks
    CD audiobooks
    Tape audiobooks
    Industry Activities
    Editing, designing and marketing CD audiobooks
    Editing, designing and marketing digital audiobooks
    Editing, designing and marketing other audiobooks
    Discovering new authors, stories or other content

    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
  • Demand from book publishing
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Number of mobile internet connections
  • External Competition for the Publishing industry
  • Time spent on leisure and sports

  • Current Performance
  • Technological shifts and profitability
  • Increasing publishing activity
  • External competition escalates
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Expanding competition
  • Possible digital hiccup
  • Table: Audiobook Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Performers & Creative Artists

  • Products & Services
  • Digital audiobooks
  • CD audiobooks
  • Other
  • Tape audiobooks
  • Chart: Audiobook Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Adults aged 25 to 34
  • Adults aged 35 to 44
  • Adults aged 55 to 64
  • Adults aged 45 to 54
  • Adults aged 65 +
  • Adults aged 18 to 24
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Audiobook 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
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Audiobook Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Audiobook 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 Audiobook 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 Audiobook Publishing Industry
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Number of mobile internet connections (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
    E-Book
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Mp3 Cd
  • An optical disc that contains digital audio in the MP3 file format.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone that offers advanced PC-like capabilities.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
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    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
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