A promising sequel: The ongoing resurgence of print books is expected to support growth

The Book Retailers industry faced tough conditions at the start of the past five-year period. Over the past decade, the industry has faced intense and increasing competition from external operators such as supermarkets, department stores and online-only retailers. Competitive pressures have been aggravated as online retailers such as Amazon expanded their product ranges to include both new and second-hand goods, pricing them lower than specialist retailers. The growth of e-commerce also encouraged a shift in consumer purchasing behaviour, and significantly decreased foot traffic for retailers on the high street, exacerbating competitive pressures...read more.

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

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Investment has supported growth for major players, but smaller operators have struggled
  • Non-fiction trade titles have become the fastest growing book category
  • The innovation ofe-readers is expected to present a continuedthreat to the industry
  • Industry Report - Industry SWOT Analysis Chapter

    The Book Retailers industry is in the decline stage of its life cycle, which is characterised by a saturated product market and falling participation. Industry value added is expected to fall at a compound annual rate of 1% over the 10 years through 2023-24. Over the same period, the UK economy is forecast to expand at a compound annual rate of 1.7%. This indicates that the industry's contribution to the economy is expected to fall, which is further indicative of the decline phase of its life cycle.Profit margins are expected fall over much of the 10-year period, as competition in the industry is largely price-based. Meanwhile, the total number of industry enterprises is anticipated to fall at a compound annual rate of 0.5% o...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Book Retailers Industry

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

  • Ability to alter goods and services produced in favour of market conditions
  • Ability to raise revenue from additional sources
  • Access to niche markets
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Total online expenditure and Demand from book publishing in the Book Retailers industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Book Retailers Industry?

    Industry participants are primarily engaged in the retail sale of new printed books of all genres. Industry operators purchase book titles from publishers or distributors to sell at the retail level. The industry does not include online book retailers who do not own physical store locations (see IBISWorld report G47.910) or second-hand bookshops (see IBISWorld report G47.790).

    Industry Products
  • Adult non-fiction trade titles
  • Adult fiction trade titles
  • Children's and young adult titles
  • Adult non-fiction specialist titles
  • Textbooks and educational titles
  • Industry Activities
  • Non-fiction book retailing
  • Fiction book retailing
  • Children's book retailing
  • Educational book retailing
  • 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
  • Demand from book publishing
  • Real household disposable income
  • Consumer confidence index
  • Demand from supermarkets

  • Current Performance
  • External competition
  • Revenue volatility
  • E-reading
  • Print revival
  • Strategies for growth
  • Smaller players
  • Market structure

    and profit

  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • A new focus
  • Key industry issues
  • Market structure and profit
  • Table: Book Retailers Industry Revenue Outlook

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

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Book Publishing
  • Wholesale of Other Household Goods

  • Products & Services
  • Adult non-fiction trade titles
  • Children's and young adult titles
  • Adult fiction trade titles
  • Adult non-fiction specialist titles
  • Textbooks and educational titles
  • Other
  • Chart: Book Retailers Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Consumers aged between 45 and 54
  • Consumers aged between 55 and 64
  • Consumers aged between 35 and 44
  • Consumers aged between 25 and 34
  • Consumers aged under 25
  • Consumers aged over 65
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Book Retailers Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesBusiness rates, rent and utilitiesOther costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Book Retailers

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

  • Industry Globalization
    Waterstones Booksellers Ltd, WH Smith plc, The Works Stores Limited,
  • Table: Waterstones Booksellers Ltd - financial performance
  • Table: WH Smith plc - financial performance
  • Table: The Works Stores Limited - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Book Retailers 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 Retailers 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
    Academic Book
  • A book from which a person can gain knowledge on a particular topic. These books are often used for study.
  • E-Book
  • A book in electronic format that can be read on a computer or downloaded to a portable reading device.
  • E-Reader
  • A handheld device on which electronic versions of books can be read.
  • Hardboard Books
  • A children's book that has a hard cover and thick pages to make it durable for young children.
  • Specialised Book Retailers
  • Bricks-and-mortar stores that focus on the sale of physical books.
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