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2016 Market Research Report on Book Publishers Industry

Current Research on the Book Publishers Industry

While maintaining strong relationships with bookstores, the book publishers industry is digitizing its products and advertising to remain profitable.

Publishers of all sizes have seen recent increases. Small and medium-sized publishers in particular sent more orders to bookstore and consumers. Innovative companies have invested heavily in digital content offerings to offset declines in hardcover and softcover book sales. To improve efficiencies, increase speed to market, and reduce freight costs for physical book sales, companies are more tightly integrating with printers.

This section provides answers to fundamental and critical questions about the industry:
  1. What is the total market size ($ millions)?
  2. What is the Book Publishers industry outlook?
  3. Has the market grown or declined?
  4. What is the market growth rate?
  5. Are long term forecasts positive or negative?
  6. What is the industry size and average company size?
  7. How many companies are in the industry?

Market Size Statistics

The total U.S. market size for the Book Publishers industry: statistics cover all companies, both public and private. In addition to total revenue, the industry research provides details on employees, companies, and average firm size in the sector. Use this market information to research and analyze growth rates and the Book Publishers industry trends and market outlook based on quantitative research and economic data.

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Statistics 2010        2011        2012        2013        2014        2015
Market Size
(Total Sales/Revenue)

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Total Firms
Total Employees
Average Revenue Per Firm
Average Employees Per Firm
Statistics Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of US Census and government market data

Market Forecast - Book Publishers[PREMIUM]

Market forecasts show the long term industry outlook & Book Publishers future growth trends. The following five-year forecast utilizes advanced econometric techniques that project both short-term and long-term market growth outlook. The industry outlook can be used to set a strategy applicable to economic realities.

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Forecast / Industry Outlook 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
Market Forecast ($ millions)
Source: AnythingResearch Economic Analysis

Product & Services Breakdown

Research products and services in the Book Publishers industry generating sales. Note that products are broken into categories with different levels of classification.

Product DescriptionNumber of Companies Sales ($ millions) Percent of Total Sales

Industry Total


Elementary & Secondary School Textbooks

Post-Secondary Textbooks

Professional, Technical, & Scholarly Books

Professional & Technical Books

Scholarly Books

Children's Books

General Reference Books

Adult Trade Books

Sale Of Advertising Space - Books

Finan, Profes, & Academic Periodicals - Subscriptions & Sales

Other Publishing - Subscriptions & Sales

Other Publishing, Excluding Book - Subscriptions & Sales

Fulfillment Services

Training Services

Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property

Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright

All Other Operating Receipts

All Other Receipts

U.S. Geographic Distribution: Revenue Statistics by State

Market Size by State ($ millions) indicates how the industry's competition is distributed throughout the country. State-level information can identify areas with higher and lower market share than average.

U.S. map of Book Publishers by state

Price Trends for Book Publishers

This section shows how prices are changing within the on a month-to-month basis. Price changes may be affected by seasonal demand, or by larger movements in product sales.

price index trends

Income Statement (Average Financial Metrics)

Financial metrics provide a snapshot view of an "average" company. Key business metrics show revenue and operating costs. The data collected covers both public and private companies.

Industry AveragePercent of Sales
Total Revenue

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Operating Revenue
Cost of Goods Sold
Gross Profit

Operating Expenses
Pension, profit sharing plans, stock, annuity
Rent paid on business property
Charitable Contributions
Domestic production activities deduction
Compensation of officers
Salaries and wages
Employee benefit programs
Taxes and Licenses
Bad Debts
Other Operating Expenses
Total Operating Expenses
Operating Income
Non-Operating Income
EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes)
Interest Expense
Earnings Before Taxes
Income Tax
Net Profit
Source: AnythingResearch Analysis of U.S. federal statistics

Financial Ratio Analysis - Book Publishers

Financial ratio information can be used to compare how a company in the industry is performing relative to its peers. Accounting statistics are calculated from the industry-average for income statements and balance sheets.

Profitability & Valuation Ratios - Book PublishersIndustry Average
Company valuation can be measured based on the firm's own performance, as well as in comparison against its industry competitors. These metrics show how the average company in the Book Publishers industry is performing.
Profit Margin
Gross Profit Margin, Operating Profit Margin, and Net Profit Margin. Show company earnings relative to revenues.
Return on Equity (ROE)
Return on Equity (ROE) is net income as a percentage of shareholders' equity. Shareholders' Equity is defined as the company's total assets minus total liabilities. ROE shows how much profits a company generates with the money shareholders invested (or with retained earnings).
Return on Assets (ROA)
Return on Assets (ROA) is net income relative to total assets. The market research on Book Publishers measures how efficiently the company leverages its assets to generate profit. ROA is calculated as Net Income divided by Total Assets.

Liquidity Ratios - Book PublishersIndustry Average
Bankers and suppliers use liquidity to determine creditworthiness and identify potential threats to a company's financial viability.
Current Ratio
Measures a firm's ability to pay its debts over the next 12 months.
Quick Ratio (Acid Test)
Calculates liquid assets relative to liabilities, excluding inventories.

Efficiency Ratios - Key Performance IndicatorsIndustry Average
Measure how quickly products and services sell, and effectively collections policies are implemented.
Receivables Turnover Ratio
If this number is low in your business when compared to the industry average in the research report, it may mean your payment terms are too lenient or that you are not doing a good enough job on collections.
Average Collection Period
Based on the Receivables Turnover, this estimates the collection period in days. Calculated as 365 divided by the Receivables Turnover
Inventory Turnover
A low turnover rate may point to overstocking, obsolescence, or deficiencies in the product line or marketing effort.
Fixed-Asset Turnover
Generally, higher is better, since it indicates the business has less money tied up in fixed assets for each dollar of sales revenue.

Compensation & Salary Surveys for Employees

Compensation statistics provides an accurate assessment of industry-specific jobs and national salary averages. This information can be used to identify which positions are most common, and high, low, and average annual wages.

TitlePercent of WorkforceBottom Quartile Average (Median) SalaryUpper Quartile
Management Occupations 7%

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Chief Executives0%
General and Operations Managers2%
Business and Financial Operations Occupations 5%
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, and Media Occupations 28%
Art and Design Workers 6%
Media and Communication Workers 21%
News Analysts, Reporters and Correspondents 6%
Reporters and Correspondents 6%
Writers and Editors 14%
Editors 12%
Sales and Related Occupations 16%
Sales Representatives, Services 11%
Advertising Sales Agents 10%
Advertising Sales Agents 10%
Office and Administrative Support Occupations 23%
Other Office and Administrative Support Workers 9%
Production Occupations 9%
Printing Workers 6%
Printing Workers 6%
Transportation and Material Moving Occupations 7%
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Companies in Book Publishers and Similar Industries[PREMIUM]

Book Publishers market research identifies top companies with the largest estimated market share. Information includes corporate earnings and public company ticker symbols where available.

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Public Book Publishers Company News

Web scan for recent news about public companies. Book Publishers market research on key company news, and Book Publishers statistics.

The market size analysis identifies the overall sales data within the industry. Statistics break down facts about companies within the market.

Government Contracts Related to Book Publishers

In 2014, the federal government spent a total of $75,053,751 on Book Publishers. It has awarded 1,669 contracts to 257 companies, with an average value of $292,038 per company.   

Top government vendors:

CompanyFederal ContractsTotal Award Amount

Growth Opportunities / Competitive Threats

Companies in other industries may also sell similar products. Since there is an overlap in the customer base, there may be an opportunity for companies in Book Publishers to sell additional products/services offered by these adjacent industries. Alternatively, these industries may identify further products in this industry to target. Products most at risk are those with the highest profit margins and lowest barriers to entry.

The following industries are competing channels for sales of similar products/services.

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Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book PublishersOpportunity/Threat
Research & Development in Biotechnology
Condominium & Homeowner's Associations & Athletic Associations
Engineering Services
Corporate, Subsidiary & Regional Managing Offices
Offices of Other Holding Companies

Since sales from Book Publishers are a small fraction compared to other industries selling Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property, companies in the Book Publishers industry have the opportunity to expand their product offering to take share from these adjacent industries.
Licensing Of Rights To Use Intellectual Property Product Sales Report

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Competing IndustrySales Relative to Book PublishersOpportunity/Threat
Condominium & Homeowner's Associations & Athletic Associations
Magazine & Periodical Publishers
Research & Development in Biotechnology
Professional Organizations Competing industry
Surveying & Mapping Services Competing industry

Sales from other industries of Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright are less than those from Book Publishers. This may mean that other channels are a competitive risk of increasing their Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright sales, taking market share from this industry.
Licensing Of Rights To Intellectual Prop - Protected By Copyright Product Sales Report

Printing Services
Printing Services Product Sales Report

Segments classified within this market research report

This market research report includes companies whose primary business is any of the following:
School textbook publishers and printing combined, Street map guide publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Dictionary publishers and printing combined, Almanac publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Professional book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Technical manual and paperback book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Book (e.g., hardback, paperback, tape) publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), School book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Fiction book publishers and printing combined, Globe cover publishers, Map publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), University press publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Book publishers and printing combined, Map publishers and printing combined, Dictionary publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Travel guide book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Religious book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Pamphlet publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Nonfiction book publishers and printing combined, Encyclopedia publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), School book publishers and printing combined, Globe cover publishers and printing combined, Atlas publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Atlas publishers and printing combined, Guide, street map, publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), publishers and printing combined, Technical manual and paperback book publishers and printing combined, Technical manual publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Travel guide book publishers and printing combined, Pamphlet publishers and printing combined, Professional book publishers and printing combined, School textbook publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), map, Book publishers, university press (except exclusive Internet publishing), Religious book publishers and printing combined, Encyclopedia publishers and printing combined, Nonfiction book publishers (except exclusive Internet publshing), Publishers, book, combined with printing, Fiction book publishers (except exclusive Internet publishing), Almanac publishers and printing combined, etc.

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