Bookworms return: E-book sales are anticipated to rebound despite higher price points

The E-Book Publishing industry has declined sharply over the past five years. Prior to the period, e-book sales surged with the introduction of new mobile devices. However, industry-relevant revenue has dropped over the five years as e-book sales have matured as a product category. Additionally, there are signs that consumers may be tiring of digital media texts and that many continue to consume printed material either alone or in tandem with e-books when seeking longer-form book content. Over the next five years, the industry is expected to slowly recover and grow in line with the larger book publishing market...purchase to read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$4bn
Annual Growth 13-18
-8.1%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
6,685
Businesses
2,178

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • E-book adoption is expected to slow and the industry will grow mostly in line with overall publisher sales
  • Industry players feared that Amazon pricing policy would stifle demand for print books
  • The industry is likely to grow at a much slower pace over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The E-Book Publishing industry has a moderate level of concentration. In 2018, the five largest US trade publishers, plus Amazon's publishing imprints, are estimated to control 65.5% of the industry. These publishers were in most cases the earliest entrants into e-book publishing, and their reputable brands allow them to attract top authors that generate blockbuster sales. Nevertheless, the industry provides room for smaller publishers to compete among niche audiences. For example, myriad university presses publish a small list of scholarly titles each year. In ...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the E-Book Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the E-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 Number of mobile internet connections and Number of broadband connections in the E-Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the E-Book Publishing Industry?

    Companies in the E-Book Publishing industry design books that are already in print for a digital format, and discover, edit and design books that are published exclusively in digital formats. The industry does not include authors who self-publish (see IBISWorld report 71151, Performers and Creative Artists).

    Industry Products
  • Adult trade books
  • Textbooks
  • Professional, technical and scholarly books
  • Children's books
  • Industry Activities
  • Discovering authors and 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 mobile internet connections
  • Number of broadband connections
  • Number of college students
  • Per capita disposable income
  • External Competition for the Publishing industry

  • Current Performance
  • New devices spur growth
  • Price and costs
  • Limits of digital
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Less room for growth
  • Judging a book by its cover
  • Table: E-Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

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

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Performers & Creative Artists

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

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Amazon
  • Apple
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Other
  • Kobo
  • Google Play
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the E-Book Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Marketing
  • Other
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs E-Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Penguin Random House, Amazon.com Inc., HarperCollins Publishers, Simon & Schuster, Hachette Book Group,
  • Table: Penguin Random House - financial performance
  • Table: Amazon.com Inc. - financial performance
  • Table: HarperCollins Publishers - financial performance
  • Table: Simon & Schuster - financial performance
  • Table: Hachette Book Group - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the E-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 E-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)
  • Number of Mobile Broadband Connections (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Adoption
  • The process of reviewing textbooks and mandating that certain ones are used or that teachers can select books from an approved list.
  • Broadband
  • A one-way internet connection with speeds in excess of 200 Kbps.
  • E-Book
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • E-Reader
  • A tablet designed for reading books.
  • Ghostwriter
  • An author who is paid to write books that are officially credited to another person.
  • Hot Spot
  • A site that offers internet access over a wireless local area network (usually Wi-Fi) through the use of a router connected to a link to an internet service provider.
  • Tablet
  • A general-purpose computer contained in a single panel.
  • Trade Book
  • A fiction or nonfiction book printed for general distribution.
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