Off the books: The rise of foreign e-tailers is expected to reduce demand for Australian book publishers

IBISWorld’s Book Publishing market research report can be used to help you: understand market size and growth potential; major companies; draft business plans and pitch books; and conduct benchmarking and SWOT analysis. Our industry analysis highlights macro industry trends in the overall sector and micro trends faced by companies that do business in the industry. The industry report also provides key industry statistics and 5-year forecasts to anticipate future industry prospects so you can decide with confidence.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

The Book Publishing industry has contracted over the past five years. Industry revenue is forecast to decline at an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2016-17, to $1.5 billion. The way consumers read and purchase books has changed significantly over this period. Consumers are increasingly buying print books and e-books online, rather than shopping at local bookstores. E-books can be read using e-readers or tablets. Because many books can be stored on one device, e-books offer customers greater convenience. Parallel import restrictions (PIRs) protect the local publishing industry. These restrictions prevent the large-scale importation of books that have been published domestically within 30 days of their international release...

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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 e-readers have contributed to the industry's decline. While e-readers and tablets have instigated greater reading volumes among consumers, e-book prices are generally lower than print book prices. In addition, e-readers enable internet piracy, where consumers can illegally download books for free. Although 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..

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What is the Book Publishing Industry?

Industry firms are mainly engaged in publishing books, including atlases, textbooks, travel guides and e-books. Firms that publish books exclusively on the internet are excluded from the industry.

Industry Products
Adult fiction
Adult non-fiction
Children's books
Educational books
Industry Activities
Atlas publishing
Book publishing
E-book publishing
Encyclopedia publishing
Technical manual publishing
Textbook publishing
Travel guidebook publishing

Table of Contents

About this Industry

Industry Definition
Main Activities
Similar Industries
Additional Resources

Industry at a Glance

Industry Performance

Executive Summary
Key External Drivers
Current Performance
Industry Outlook
Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain
Products & Services
Demand Determinants
Major Markets
International Trade
Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Basis of Competition
Barriers to Entry
industry Globalisation

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity
Technology & Systems
Revenue Volatility
Regulation & Policy
Industry Assistance

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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