A riveting read: The dominance of Amazon has reduced industry revenue growth

Operators in the Online Book Sales industry have experienced difficult operating conditions over the past five years. Consumers are becoming more comfortable with ecommerce transactions and receiving items via delivery. The move from bricks-and-mortar retailers to online retailers has boosted revenue 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 other foreign online booksellers has taken away demand from local operators. Industry revenue is expected to fall at an annualised 0.1% over the five years through 2017-18, to $331.3 million...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 13-18
Forecast Growth 18-23
Market Share of Companies

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Intense competition from foreign online booksellers has challenged local operators
  • Online retailers have improved their security and reliability over the past five years
  • Potential GST changes to low-value imported goods may have implications for industry operators
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Online Book Sales industry exhibits a low level of capital intensity. For every dollar spent on wages, an expected $0.09 will be spent on capital costs. The business model of online bookstores varies significantly from traditional bricks-and-mortar retailers. Wages are higher for online bookstores due to a large number of professionals working in technology-based roles. 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 development of websites involves moderate capital investment, as developed software programs are assets to the company. How...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 stock on hand
  • Having a clear market position
  • Having a good reputation
  • 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 online retailers 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
  • Educational print books
  • Ebooks
  • Children's print books
  • Other books
  • 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
  • Industry participation
  • Online acceptance
  • Retailer demise
  • International competition
  • Ebook popularity
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Participation and profit
  • Ebook growth
  • Internet piracy
  • Regulatory changes
  • 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
  • Educational print books
  • Ebooks
  • Children's print books
  • Other books
  • 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
  • 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 Group Limited,
  • Table: Booktopia Group Limited - 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 (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • 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 online retailers 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.
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    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
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