Booked out: Intense competition and shifting consumer trends are driving down revenue

IBISWorld’s Book Stores market research report offers insightful industry analysis and research into the market at the national level. IBISWorld’s in-depth industry market research is presented in a logical and consistent format. The industry report contains key industry statistics, market size, industry trends, and growth and profit forecasts for a 5-year outlook period.


Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

Bookshops have struggled in recent years, with revenue in the Book Stores industry expected to decline at an annualised 10.2% over the five years through 2016-17. Numerous factors have affected the industry, including lower book prices, competition from online and external operators, and a shift in consumer reading habits from print books to e-books. The operating landscape has also been influenced by trends in real household discretionary income, consumer sentiment, the IT and telecommunications adoption rate, and demand for online shopping. Industry revenue is expected to decline by 5.5% in 2016-17, to total $1.5 billion, due in part to negative consumer sentiment.

Retail trade has been lacklustre over the past five years...

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What is the Book Stores industry?

The Book Stores industry may be segmented by the category of book being purchased (trade or educational and professional) or the type of book (hard copy or digital). Trade books represent those published for general readers, while educational or professional books are for specific consumers. The product market for book retailers has evolved considerably over the past five years. As a result, the type of book purchased provides a clear representation of the shift in consumer book buying habits over the period. While still less than demand for print books, the growing demand for e-books and e-readers has changed the way customers buy and consume books.


Print books dominate the industry and are expected to account for 60.0% of revenue in 2016-17. How...

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Products & Brands

Major products in this industry
Other goods
e-books and e-readers
Examples of brands in this Industry
The Co-op

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
Major Markets

Globalisation & Trade

Business Locations
Competitive Landscape
Market Share Concentration
Key Success Factors
Cost Structure Benchmarks
Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data
Annual Change
Key Ratios

Jargon & Glossary

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