Turning a page: E-book sales are expected to mitigate some revenue loss from print books

The Book Publishing industry in Canada has experienced consistent declines over the five years to 2019. Book publishers provide a range of services for authors including marketing; editing, design and typesetting; sales; and protecting intellectual property. During the five-year period, profit margins are expected to rise. This is mainly attributed to the transition toward the digital space more generally and digital publishing specifically, which is a consequence of increasing fixed broadband connections among Canadians. At present, the number of Canadians connected to the internet is higher than ever and still on the rise. Digital publishing lowers costs for many operators, as it tends to be inexpensive in comparison with the process of publishing physical books...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 14-19
Forecast Growth 19-24

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators are enduring pressure from media substitutes, which will be exacerbated by rising levels of internet connectivity
  • The popularity of bookstores as a distribution channel has decreased
  • E-books will compete with a growing list of media substitutes
  • Industry Report - Industry Key Buyers Chapter

    The Book Publishing industry in Canada is categorized by a high level of market share concentration. In 2019, the five largest industry operators are expected to account for 82.1% of total industry revenue, which marks a significant increase in market share concentration from 2014. Despite most major players suffering some sort of revenue loss over the five years to 2019, these companies have better adapted to the changing landscape of book publishing in Canada and ultimately stymied the more widespread decline of the industry as a whole, raising their market share in the process. Fur...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book Publishing Industry

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

  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Establishment of brand names
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Number of fixed broadband connections and Demand from educational services in the Book Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Publishing Industry?

    Operators in this industry edit and design books, engage in marketing activities and make distribution agreements with operators in the Book, Magazine and Newspaper Wholesaling industry (IBISWorld report 42492). The industry includes e-book publishing, but excludes authors who are part of the Performers and Creative Artists industry (71151) or the Printing industry in Canada (32311CA).

    Industry Products
  • Children's and young adult books
  • Adult consumer books
  • Scholarly, professional and technical books
  • Educational books and textbooks
  • E-books
  • Industry Activities
  • Discovering authors, stories or other content
  • Editing books
  • Designing book layout and covers
  • Marketing authors and books
  • Publishing educational books
  • Publishing adult trade books
  • Publishing children's and young adult books
  • Publishing scholarly, professional and technical books
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Number of fixed broadband connections
  • Demand from educational services
  • Per capita disposable income
  • World price of wood pulp

  • Current Performance
  • Trends in the domestic market
  • Increasing profit margins and nonemployers
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Segment growth
  • Changes to profit and industry organization
  • Market share concentration
  • Table: Book Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book Stores in Canada
  • Department Stores in Canada
  • Warehouse Clubs & Supercentres in Canada
  • Public Schools in Canada
  • Colleges & Universities in Canada

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Office Supply Stores in Canada
  • Paper Mills in Canada
  • Printing in Canada

  • Products & Services
  • Adult consumer books
  • Children's and young adult books
  • Scholarly, professional and technical books
  • E-books
  • Educational books and textbooks
  • Other
  • Chart: Book Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Brick-and-mortar retailers
  • Online retailers
  • Educational institutions
  • Exclusive agents and distributors
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Publishing 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 Book Publishing

  • Basis of Competition
    Internal competitionExternal competition
    Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Book Publishing Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Thomson Reuters Corporation, Pearson PLC, CBS Corporation,
  • Table: Thomson Reuters Corporation - financial performance
  • Table: Pearson PLC - financial performance
  • Table: CBS Corporation - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book Publishing 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 Book Publishing Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2010-2024)
  • Industry Gross Product (2010-2024)
  • Establishments (2010-2024)
  • Businesses (2010-2024)
  • Employment (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Wages (2010-2024)
  • Purchases (2010-2024)
  • Profit (2010-2024)
  • Depreciation (2010-2024)
  • Marketing (2010-2024)
  • Rent (2010-2024)
  • Utilities (2010-2024)
  • Other (2010-2024)
  • Per capita disposable income (2010-2024)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
  • A store that has a physical presence and location, as opposed to an online retailer.
  • Digital Printing
  • The process of printing a batch of books, typically a few hundred, using laser printer technology to save on production and inventory costs.
  • Ebook
  • A book in a digital format that can be read on a computer or on a variety of mobile devices.
  • Trade Book
  • A fiction or nonfiction book printed for general distribution.
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