Book smart: E-book popularity and growth in the K-12 demographic will drive demand

The Children's Book Publishing industry has been successfully meeting challenges like competition from new technologies and falling demand from book stores. The importance of children's literacy remained high enough that even the slightest gains in disposable income generated greater demand for children's books. In the coming years, the industry will continue to rely on the confluence power of book and movie hits to generate revenue. Savvy publishers will also continue to attempt increased penetration into the e-book market. The success of this format, however, will largely depend on the success of the e-reader platforms available, which is outside of industry operators' control...purchase to read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Blockbuster children’s and young adult hits have become the bread and butter for operators
  • E-books and video books have emerged as interactive mediums for children’s literature
  • Children’s book publishing companies will continue to invest in new digital formats
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    HardbackHardback or hardcover books represent the largest sales segment for the industry. Children's and Young Adult fiction books are typically released in hardback versions first, with paperback versions released after a year or more. Further, hardback versions sell at a higher price point than paperback versions, obliging consumers looking for the latest books to pay the price premium for hardback versions. This strategy is particularly successful with blockbuster children's and young adult fiction, such as the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series and the Hunger Games series. Each new installment that is released generates a rush of demand for the latest book. Sales of hardback books have declined slightly as a share of revenue with the proliferation of e-books...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Children's Book Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Children's 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 Per capita disposable income and Percentage of services conducted online in the Children's Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Children's Book Publishing Industry?

    This industry designs, edits and markets books for children aged 17 and under, including coloring and picture books. It does include e-books, but excludes online-only publishers and authors, as well as textbook publishing.

    Industry Products
  • Hardback
  • Paperback
  • e-Book
  • Board books
  • Other formats
  • Industry Activities
  • Discovery of children's authors and stories or other content
  • Editing children's books
  • Designing book layout and covers
  • Marketing children's 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
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Percentage of services conducted online
  • Demand from book stores
  • Number of K-12 students

  • Current Performance
  • The Harry Potter effect
  • Older consumers and a shift toward libraries
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Room for growth
  • Young adult novels
  • Operational trends
  • Table: Children's Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book, Magazine & Newspaper Wholesaling
  • Book Stores
  • Educational Services
  • Consumers

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

  • Products & Services
  • Hardback
  • Paperback
  • e-Book
  • Board books
  • Other formats
  • Chart: Children's Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • The number of K-12 students
  • Funding for education
  • The Harry Potter effect

  • Major Markets
  • School-based sales
  • Retail - online
  • Retail - in-store
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Children's Book Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchases and wagesMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Children's Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Children's Book Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Scholastic Inc., Penguin Random House,
  • Table: Scholastic Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: Penguin Random House - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Children's 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 Children's Book Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Percentage of services conducted online (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Middle-Grade Books
  • Books generally intended for children aged 7 to 12 and are typically short- and long-chapter books.
  • Primary Education
  • Education from kindergarten through eighth grade.
  • Secondary Education
  • Education from ninth grade through 12th grade.
  • Young Adult Books
  • Books intended for those aged 12 to 17.
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