Fine print: GST changes for online book purchases will support struggling publishers

Players in the Book Publishing industry have endured difficult operating conditions over the past five years. Consumers have been increasingly buying print books and ebooks online rather than shopping at local bookstores, which has limited demand for domestically published books. Traditionally, local publishers have relied on parallel import restrictions (PIRs) to protect the Australian industry. These restrictions prevent Australian companies from undertaking large-scale imports of books that have been published domestically within 30 days of their international release. However, major foreign book-retailing websites, such as Book Depository, can offer foreign-published books directly to Australian consumers, bypassing PIRs...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
$1bn
Annual Growth 14-19
-1.6%
Forecast Growth 19-24
Profit
Employment
4,097
Businesses
1,008

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Consumers have continued to purchase products online, negatively affecting industry revenue
  • Trade books are often produced in large print runs to maximise economies of scale
  • Australian online retailers will continue to face intense competition from foreign operators
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Book Publishing industry is in the declining stage of its economic life cycle. Significant technological change in the form of online platforms, and hardware such as tablets and ereaders, have contributed to the industry's decline. While ereaders and tablets have supported greater reading volumes among consumers, ebook prices are generally lower than print book prices. In addition, ereaders make it easier for consumers to illegally download books for free. Although internet piracy is far less prevalent in book publishing than in other publishing and broadcasting industries, it has grown over the past five years and continues to affect the industry.Industry value added (IVA) is used to measure an industry's contribution to the overall economy. IVA...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book Publishing Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Book Publishing are:

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Prompt delivery to market
  • Economies of scale
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet subscribers and Real household discretionary income in the Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Publishing Industry?

    Industry players publish books, atlases, textbooks, travel guides and ebooks. Firms that publish books exclusively on the internet are excluded from the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Adult fiction books
  • Adult non-fiction books
  • Children's books
  • Educational books
  • Other books
  • Industry Activities
  • Atlas publishing
  • Book publishing
  • Ebook publishing
  • Encyclopedia publishing
  • Technical manual publishing
  • Textbook publishing
  • Travel guidebook publishing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet subscribers
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Population aged between 18 and 25

  • Current Performance
  • Demand trends
  • Profit and participation
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • 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
  • Book and Magazine Wholesaling
  • Department Stores
  • Newsagents and Book Retailers
  • Education and Training
  • Libraries and Archives

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Printing
  • Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Manufacturing

  • Products & Services
  • Adult non-fiction books
  • Educational books
  • Children's books
  • Adult fiction books
  • Other books
  • Chart: Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Book retailers
  • Direct sales
  • Online retailers
  • 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 competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd, Pearson Australia Holdings Pty Limited, Scholastic Australia Pty Limited,
  • Table: Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Pearson Australia Holdings Pty Limited - financial performance
  • Table: Scholastic Australia Pty Limited - 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
    Includes:
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Franchise fees and Royalties (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Copyright
  • The protection that gives authors and other creative artists legal ownership of their work.
  • Ereader
  • An electronic reading device that can be used to read books, magazines, newspapers and other published material.
  • Imprint
  • The trade name under which a work is published. Publishers can have multiple imprints that target different consumer demographics.
  • Licence
  • The right to publish an author's work and sell it as widely as possible. A publisher can also license a book to other publishers.
  • Trade Books
  • Books published for distribution to the general public rather than a specific market.
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