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Book Publishing in the UK: Market Research Report

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Book Publishing Market Research Report | SIC J58.110 | Feb 2017

A new chapter: A rise in print sales has supported renewed revenue growth

IBISWorld’s Book 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
Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited market share
Pearson plc Pearson plc market share
Reed Elsevier Group plc Reed Elsevier Group plc market share
The Random House Group Limited The Random House Group Limited market share
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Annual Growth 17-22
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Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

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 and has been operating since 1584. The United Kingdom is the largest exporter of books in the world, thanks to the global ubiquity of the English language, the reputation of the UK industry and the strength of local copyright law. However, declining sales of print books and the rise of e-books have significantly changed the environment in which book publishers operate.

During 2016-17, book publishers are expected to generate revenue of £5.5 billion, an increase of 5.4%... purchase to read more

Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

Like other publishing industries, the Book Publishing industry has been transformed by digital publishing, specifically the rise of e-books. With increasing numbers of low-cost self-published novels available and greater circulation of used books on sites such as Amazon, the revenue of many publishing groups has come under threat in recent years. However, the industry has pulled back from its decline in previous years and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 5.1% over the five years through 2016-17. Revenue has grown strongly and steadily since 2014-15, supported by the prevalence of smartphones and e-readers has expanded the market for audiobooks and e-books. Nev.. purchase to read more


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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 booksTrade non-fiction booksAcademic and professional textsChildren's booksSchoolbooks
Industry Activities
Publishing textbooksPublishing fiction and non-fiction booksPublishing children's booksPublishing reference and academic booksPublishing maps, atlases and chartsPublishing e-books and audiobooksPublishing pamphlets, leaflets and brochures

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