Welcome to the jungle: The industry turns a new page as Amazon sets up shop in Australia

Operators in the Online Book Sales industry have experienced mixed 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 demand 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 limited demand for local operators over the past five years. Industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualised 4.6% over the five years through 2018-19, to $311.9 million...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24
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, supporting industry demand
  • Amazon is projected to strongly increase its market share over the next five years
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Online Book Sales industry is in the growth phase of its life cycle. Industry value added, a measure of an industry's contribution to the overall economy, is forecast to increase at an annualised 3.9% over the 10 years through 2023-24. As a result, the industry is expected to outperform the wider economy, with GDP forecast to increase at an annualised 2.7% over the same period. This result is typical of a growing industry.The number of industry establishments has increased over the past five years. New entrants include pure online retailers and existing bricks-and-mortar operators that have started to sell their products online. Ris...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Online Book Sales Industry

    IBISWorld has determined the most important Key Success Factors for the Online Book Sales 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 subscribers and Consumer sentiment 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 subscribers
  • Consumer sentiment index
  • Real household discretionary income
  • Trade-weighted index

  • Current Performance
  • Industry participation
  • Online acceptance
  • Industry competition
  • Ebook popularity
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Operating conditions
  • Participation and profit
  • Ebook growth
  • 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 35 to 54
  • Consumers aged 15 to 34
  • Consumers aged 55 and above
  • 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 (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)

  • 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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    • Provides Market Size information to assist with planning and strategic decisions.
    • Includes the necessary information to perform SWOT, PEST and STEER analysis.
    • Helps you understand market dynamics to give you a deeper understanding of industry competition and the supply chain.
    • Analyses key performance and operational metrics so that you can benchmark against your own business, that of your customers’ businesses, or your competitors’ businesses.
    The Online Book Sales market research report includes:
    • Historical data and analysis for the key drivers of this industry
    • A five-year forecast of the market and noted trends
    • Detailed research and segmentation for the main products and markets
    • An assessment of the competitive landscape and market shares for major companies
    • And of course, much more

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