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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

The Book Publishing market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.

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 Threats & Opportunities
  • Operators have benefited from the strength of the UK industry’s reputation in recent years
  • Small bookshops have struggled to compete with the convenience of online shopping
  • The industry is likely to come under pressure as Britain negotiates its exit from the European Union
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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 Investment Chapter

The Book Publishing industry has a low level of capital intensity. Using wages as a proxy for labour costs and depreciation as a proxy for capital costs, IBISWorld estimates that book publishers spend an average of £1.00 on capital for every £15.05 that they spend on labour. Portfolio development, seeking talented writers and sales and distribution activities are all labour-intensive processes that affect the industry’s level of capital intensity. Book printing is the largest capital expenditure, but publishers are increasingly more likely to outsource printing, which reduces the amount of capital required to publish books. As more e-books are produced, typesetting and printing will become even less important, pushing capital intensity down further.

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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 a 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... 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

    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
  • Real effective exchange rate
  • Demand from book retailers
  • Real household disposable income
  • Producer price index for paper and paperboard
  • Current Performance
  • Hard copies
  • In the pink
  • The online story
  • Independent authors
  • Chart: Revenue Growth
  • Industry Outlook
  • The next chapter
  • Areas for growth
  • Table: Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook
  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Book Publishing Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy
  • Products & Markets
    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
  • Other
  • Supermarkets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book 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
  • Rent, utilities and depreciation
  • Other costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Publishing
  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition
  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Book Publishing Industry
  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    Penguin Random House Ltd
    Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited
    RELX Group plc
    Pearson Education Limited
  • Table: Penguin Random House Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: RELX Group plc - financial performance
  • Table: Pearson Education Limited - financial performance
  • Operating Conditions
    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
    Key Statistics
  • Table: Industry Data for the Book Publishing Industry
  • Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Exports (2008-2022)
  • Imports (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
  • Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Jargon & Glossary
  • 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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    • 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 Book 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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