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Audiobook Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Audiobook Publishing Market Research Report | SIC UK0.025 | Nov 2016

Sonic boom: Advancements in digital distribution lower costs and significantly expand market access

IBISWorld’s Audiobook Publishing market research report provides the latest industry statistics and industry trends, allowing you to identify the products and customers driving revenue growth and profitability. The industry report identifies the leading companies and offers strategic industry analysis of the key factors influencing the market.

Report Snapshot
Market Share of Companies
Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited market share
HarperCollins Publishers Limited HarperCollins Publishers Limited  market share
The Random House Group Limited The Random House Group Limited market share
W F Howes Limited W F Howes Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Threats & Opportunities
  • The rapid rise in smartphone adoption has transformed the market for audiobooks
  • Digital audiobooks are increasingly convenient to listen to, which boosts mainstream interest
  • Significant expansion lies in the relatively untapped market of those with portable listening devices
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The UK Audiobook Publishing industry includes businesses involved in the design, marketing and distribution of audiobooks. Audiobook publishers hold rights to book titles and may publish content in solely audio form or, more commonly, in conjunction with print and e-book editions of the work. The industry is growing and its progress in recent years is encouraging when taking into account the difficult conditions that have characterised the wider UK Book Publishing industry (IBISWorld report J58.110). Over the five years through 2016-17, industry revenue is estimated to grow at a strong compound annual rate of 12.8%. Audiobooks were first introduced nearly 80 years ago, however the market is still relatively small compared with the total book market... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Starting a New Business Chapter

Barriers to entry for the Audiobook Publishing industry are considered to be moderate. Operators must source literary material to be recorded, which requires ownership of audiobook rights. The majority of publishers will need to purchase these rights from authors, though some authors may instead choose to self-publish their own works. Typically operators will also hire a professional narrator in order to ensure the quality of the finished recording. Initial capital expenditure arises from the purchase of sound recording equipment. However, new entrants can choose to outsource this to sound engineers or purchase simplified equipment at fair prices.

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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

  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Audiobook Publishing industry impact industry performance... purchase to read more


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    What is the Audiobook Publishing Industry?

    Companies in this industry design, edit and market audiobooks. The industry does not include online-only publishers, authors or printers.

    Industry Products
    Digital audiobooksCD audiobooksTape audiobooksAudiovisual books
    Industry Activities
    Publishing CD audiobooksPublishing digital audiobooksPublishing other audiobooks

    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
  • Total online expenditure
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from libraries, museums and cultural activities
  • Demand from book retailers
  • Current Performance
  • Easy listening
  • We are all ears
  • Structural changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • Market potential
  • The plot thickens
  • Catalogue expansion
  • 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 Retailers
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities
  • Consumers
  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Sound Recording & Music Publishing
  • Products & Services
  • Digital audiobooks
  • CD audiobooks
  • Audiovisual books
  • Tape audiobooks
  • Chart: Audiobook Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation
  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Audiobook websites
  • Retailers
  • Libraries
  • Consumers
  • Other markets
  • 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
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Audiobook Publishing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Penguin Random House Ltd
    Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited
    W F Howes Limited
    HarperCollins Publishers Limited
  • Table: Penguin Random House Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: W F Howes Limited - financial performance
  • Table: HarperCollins Publishers Limited - financial performance
  • 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)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • A protection that gives authors and other creative artists legal ownership of their work. It establishes an author's work as their personal, exclusive property.
  • E-Book
  • A book composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device. Not to be confused with an e-reader, the handheld device on which the e-book is read.
  • Mp3
  • A computer file format for the compression and storage of digital audio data.

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    This report on Audiobook Publishing:
    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Audiobook Publishing market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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