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Book Publishers Report Summary

SIC Codes: 2731
NAICS Codes: 511130

Chapters Include

  • Industry Overview
  • Quarterly Industry Update
  • Business Challenges
  • Trends and Opportunities
  • Call Preparation Questions
  • Financial Information
  • Industry Forecast
  • Website and Media Links
  • Glossary of Acronyms
 

Book Publishers Industry Overview

Excerpt from Book Publishers Report

Companies in this industry publish fiction and nonfiction trade books, as well as educational and professional titles, in print and digital formats. Major companies include US-based McGraw-Hill Education, Thomson Reuters, and Wiley, as well as Penguin Random House (based in the US, but owned by German media firm Bertelsmann), Pearson (the UK), Reed Elsevier (the UK and the Netherlands), and Wolters Kluwer (the Netherlands).

Competitive Landscape

Demand for books is driven by demographics and is largely resistant to economic cycles. The profitability of individual companies depends on product development and marketing. Large publishers have an advantage in bidding for new manuscripts or authors. Small and midsized publishers can succeed if they focus on a specific subject or market. The US industry is highly concentrated: the top 50 companies generate about 80% of revenue.

Products, Operations & Technology

Textbooks and professional and technical books each account for about 30% of US industry revenue; adult trade books (general fiction and nonfiction titles) account for about 25%. Other categories include children's books (7%), and reference books (3%).

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