A new chapter: The rise of e-books has changed the industry's operating environment

The Book Publishing industry includes firms that publish books, leaflets and maps in print, digital or audio form. The United Kingdom is home to some of the oldest and most esteemed book publishers in the world. For instance, Cambridge University Press is the world’s oldest publishing house, having been operating since 1584. The United Kingdom is the largest exporter of books in the world, owing to the global ubiquity of the English language, the reputation of the UK industry and the strength of local copyright law. However, the rise of e-books has significantly changed the environment in which book publishers operate.During 2019-20, book publishers are expected to generate revenue of £5.8 billion, an increase of 2.1% on the previous year...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 15-20
Forecast Growth 20-25

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Revenue growth has been supported by rebounding print sales over the past five years
  • Publishers have rebranded their colouring book titles in order to conform to HMRC regulations
  • The introduction of new barriers trade could threaten the industry over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Products Chapter

    Trade non-fiction booksTrade non-fiction titles are estimated to account for 27.4% of industry revenue in 2019-20. This segment includes all non-fiction books aimed at adults, including science, history and culture titles. Its contribution to industry revenue has declined slightly over the past five years, even though Nielsen BookData figures suggest the average selling price of books in this category has risen slowly over the same period. The bestselling printed book in this category in 2017 was Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.Academic and professional textsThe academic and professional publishing segment is estimated to contribute 20.6% of industry revenue in 2019-20. The...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
  • Access to multiskilled and flexible workforce
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and Real effective exchange rate in the Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Publishing Industry?

    Businesses in this industry publish books, leaflets, atlases and maps in print, electronic or audio form. However, the industry excludes the activities of freelance journalists, the publication of advertising material and the publication of sheet music.

    Industry Products
  • Trade fiction books
  • Trade non-fiction books
  • Academic and professional texts
  • Children's books
  • Schoolbooks
  • Industry Activities
  • Publishing textbooks
  • Publishing fiction and non-fiction books
  • Publishing children's books
  • Publishing reference and academic books
  • Publishing maps, atlases and charts
  • Publishing e-books and audiobooks
  • Publishing pamphlets, leaflets and brochures
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Demand from book retailers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Producer price index for paper and paperboard

  • Current Performance
  • Hardbacks and e-books
  • Inside the lines
  • The online story
  • EU referendum
  • Independent authors
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • EU withdrawal
  • Growth opportunities
  • Discretionary income
  • 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
  • Supermarkets
  • Book Retailers
  • General Secondary Education
  • Universities

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Binding and Related Services
  • Pre-Press & Pre-Media Services
  • Printing

  • Products & Services
  • Trade non-fiction books
  • Academic and professional texts
  • Schoolbooks
  • Trade fiction books
  • Children's books
  • Other
  • Chart: Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Internet retailers
  • Bookshops
  • Supermarkets
  • Other
  • 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
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Publishing

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Penguin Random House Ltd, Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited, RELX Group plc,
  • Table: Penguin Random House Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: RELX Group 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
  • Industry Revenue (2011-2025)
  • Industry Gross Product (2011-2025)
  • Establishments (2011-2025)
  • Businesses (2011-2025)
  • Employment (2011-2025)
  • Exports (2011-2025)
  • Imports (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Wages (2011-2025)
  • Purchases (2011-2025)
  • Profit (2011-2025)
  • Depreciation (2011-2025)
  • Marketing (2011-2025)
  • Rent (2011-2025)
  • Utilities (2011-2025)
  • Other (2011-2025)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A name under which a publisher prints books for a particular genre or audience.
  • Paperboard
  • A thick type of paper commonly used to make the covers of paperback books.
  • Trade Titles
  • Books published for the consumer market.
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