Kindling the flame: Technological developments have supported continued impressive growth

The UK Audiobook Publishing industry includes businesses involved in the design, marketing and distribution of audiobooks. Audiobook publishers hold rights to book titles and may publish content in solely audio form or, more commonly, in conjunction with print and e-book editions of the work. The industry is growing and its progress in recent years is encouraging when taking into account the difficult conditions that have characterised the wider UK Book Publishing industry (IBISWorld report J58.110). Over the five years through 2017-18, industry revenue is estimated to grow at a strong compound annual rate of 11.9%. Audiobooks were first introduced nearly 80 years ago, however the market is still relatively small compared with the total book market...read more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Revenue
£104.8m
Annual Growth 13-18
11.9%
Forecast Growth 18-23
Profit
Employment
817
Businesses
115

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • The industry has recorded impressive growth, supported by rising smartphone adoption
  • Recently, growth has been supported by increased demand from non-traditional markets, such as younger people
  • A potential reduction in the VAT rate, campaigned for by the RNIB, could support improved performance
  • Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    The UK audiobook market has recorded significant success over the past five years, and IBISWorld expects the industry to grow at a compound annual rate of 11.9% over the five years through 2017-18 as a result. Audiobooks have increased as a share of the total book industry and, alongside e-books, have helped to compensate for the decline in printed books. However, the industry is still only a minor part of the total UK Book Publishing industry (IBISWorld report J58.110). In 2017-18, industry revenue is estimated to expand by 7% to reach £104.8 million. The industry has grown in each of the past five years, proving resilient in the aftermath of the economic downturn, though falling retail prices of audiobooks has meant sales volumes have grown at a faster rate than industry revenue. Soc...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Audiobook Publishing Industry

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

  • Management of a high-quality assets portfolio
  • Control of distribution arrangements
  • Ensuring pricing policy is appropriate
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and IT and telecommunications adoption in the Audiobook Publishing industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Audiobook Publishing Industry?

    Companies in this industry design, edit and market audiobooks. The industry does not include online-only publishers, authors or printers.

    Industry Products
  • Digital audiobooks
  • CD audiobooks
  • Tape audiobooks
  • Audiovisual books
  • Industry Activities
  • Publishing CD audiobooks
  • Publishing digital audiobooks
  • Publishing other audiobooks
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Total online expenditure
  • IT and telecommunications adoption
  • Real household disposable income
  • Demand from libraries, museums and cultural activities
  • Demand from book retailers

  • Current Performance
  • Easy listening
  • All ears
  • Structural changes
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Market potential
  • The plot thickens
  • Catalogue expansion
  • Table: Audiobook Publishing Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Book Retailers
  • E-Commerce & Online Auctions
  • Libraries, Museums & Cultural Activities
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Sound Recording & Music Publishing

  • Products & Services
  • Digital audiobooks
  • CD audiobooks
  • Audiovisual books
  • Tape audiobooks
  • Chart: Audiobook Publishing Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Audiobook websites
  • Retailers
  • Libraries
  • Consumers
  • Other markets
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Audiobook Publishing Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesMarketingOther
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Audiobook Publishing

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Penguin Random House Ltd, Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited, W F Howes Limited, HarperCollins Publishers Limited,
  • Table: Penguin Random House Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: Hachette UK (Holdings) Limited - financial performance
  • Table: W F Howes Limited - financial performance
  • Table: HarperCollins Publishers Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Audiobook 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 Audiobook Publishing Industry
    Includes:
  • 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
    Copyright
  • A protection that gives authors and other creative artists legal ownership of their work. It establishes an author's work as their personal, exclusive property.
  • E-Book
  • A book composed in or converted to digital format for display on a computer screen or handheld device. Not to be confused with an e-reader, the handheld device on which the e-book is read.
  • Mp3
  • A computer file format for the compression and storage of digital audio data.
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