Nice tale: Revenue up sharply over the past five years due to greater online accessibility

The Online Book Sales industry has undergone rapid growth over the past five years. Consumers are becoming more comfortable with ecommerce transactions and receiving items via delivery. The migration away from bricks-and-mortar retailers to online etailers has translated into revenue growth for online booksellers. The decline of bricks-and-mortar book retailers, due to parallel import restrictions (PIRs) and local and overseas online competition, has driven more consumers to purchase from industry operators. However, the global dominance of Amazon and its subsidiaries has limited industry revenue growth. Industry revenue is expected to rise at an annualised 14.7% over the five years through 2016-17, to $131.6 more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Online piracy is anticipated to be a threat to the industry over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Online Book Sales industry exhibits a moderate level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, an expected $0.14 will be spent on capital costs. The business model of online bookstores varies significantly from traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers. While wages are higher for online bookstores due to a large number of professionals working in technology-based roles, the discrepancy in depreciation expenses is even greater. Capital investment for industry operators tends to be higher than for bricks-and-mortar bookstores due to the role that the development of ecommerce software plays in the industry. To succeed, online bookstores have to develop functional, easy-to-use websites. The...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Book Sales Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Online Book Sales Industry are

  • Ability to control book stock on hand
  • Having a clear market position within the book market
  • Having a favourable reputation among book suppliers
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Internet connections and Trade-weighted index in the Online Book Sales industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Online Book Sales Industry?

    The industry includes online sales of print books and ebooks by participants that are pure etailers and those that also have a bricks-and-mortar presence. Bricks-and-mortar sales, audio book sales and self-publisher sales from personal websites are not included in the industry.

    Industry Products
  • Trade print books
  • Trade ebooks
  • Educational print books
  • Educational ebooks
  • Industry Activities
  • Online book retailing
  • Online ebook retailing
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Internet connections
  • Trade-weighted index
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Median age of the population

  • Current Performance
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Table: Online Book Sales Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Online Book Sales Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book and Magazine Wholesaling
  • Book Publishing
  • Courier Pick-up and Delivery Services
  • Internet Service Providers

  • Products & Services
  • Trade print books
  • Trade ebooks
  • Educational print books
  • Educational ebooks
  • Chart: Online Book Sales Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged 15 to 24
  • Consumers aged 50 and above
  • Consumers aged 25 to 34
  • Consumers aged 35 to 49
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Online Book Sales Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Profit
  • Purchases
  • Wages
  • Depreciation and other expenses
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Online Book Sales

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Booktopia Pty Ltd,
  • Table: Booktopia Pty Ltd - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Online Book Sales 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 Online Book Sales Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • Refers to retailers that operate with a physical storefront.
  • Digital Rights Management (Drm)
  • Technology used by etailers to control the use of digital content following its sale, to prevent unauthorised sharing of intellectual property.
  • Ecommerce
  • Trading in products and services over the internet.
  • Smartphone
  • A mobile phone with more advanced connectivity and computing functions that basic mobile phones.
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