Industry Analysis, Statistics, Trends, and Forecasts
Comprehensive research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year growth forecasts, with special
focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their
performance. Report contents include:
Sample report is available online.
Information resources available from this trade association include:
Monthly statistical analysis is based on a survey of 1,200 participating publishers and provides data on gross
sales, returns, and net revenues by category and format for the most recent month and on a year-to-date
basis with comparisons to the same periods in the prior year for year-over-year trending purposes.
Annual study provides a comprehensive statistical analysis of the U.S. book publishing industry, with current
and historical sales data provided including publisher unit and dollar sales by category, sector, format,
major genre, and distribution channel. Data from the study is available in summary report (PDF), in-depth
annual report (PDF), and interactive online data dashboard formats.
First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and
operations, recent news and developments, business challenges, issues, trends, and opportunities, and
include a five-year revenue growth forecast. Profiles are updated quarterly and include:
Sample report is available online.
Publishers Weekly Magazine
Weekly trade magazine features news and information for book publishers, with topics covered including industry
trends and developments, print and digital sales trends, company news and profiles, and more. Selected articles
from current and prior issues of the magazine can be viewed free online.
IBPA Independent Magazine
Online version of this monthly trade magazine features news and information for independent publishers, with
topics covered including industry events and developments, business management tips and advice, legal and marketing
issues, and more. Full articles are available to members only.
Book Category Reports
Subscription service provides quarterly reports on retail sales activity and consumer buying behavior on a category
level, with categories covered including bibles, biblical study and reference, biography, Christian fiction,
Christian life, nutrition and health, children, and young adult.
Quarterly Sales and Returns Survey
Quarterly survey provides total and academic unit and dollar sales data for books, journals, and other publications
published by university presses in the U.S. and Canada, with data reported by subject category and sales distribution
channel. Survey is available to members only.
Comprehensive study provides in-depth analysis of this product sector in the U.S. and other countries, with
topics covered including industry and product overview, market analysis and trends, and historical and forecast
revenue by product segment (e.g. consumer, textbook, and professional publications). Summary description and
detailed table of contents are available free online.
Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year comparative financial statement analysis includes income statements with expense detail, balance
sheets, cash flow analysis, and key financial and operating ratios, with detailed benchmarking data available
by sales size range on a national, state, and metropolitan area level.
Sample reports are available online.
Financial & Sales Operating Performance Report
Comprehensive financial study provides detailed comparative sales and operating data for evangelical Christian
publishers, with sales data broken out by product type and market channel and financial ratios and other statistics
broken out by annual company revenue, product focus, type of entity (for-profit vs. not-for-profit), and level
of profitability (typical vs. high profit).
Operating Statistics Report
Annual operating statistics report provides current and historical financial and operating performance measures
for university presses in the U.S. and Canada, with comparative measures reported both in aggregate and by annual
sales volume. Survey is available to members only.
PW Salary Survey
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Annual salary survey provides information on average annual pay increases and median compensation for various
departments and job positions, with compensation data broken out by gender, years of experience, annual company
revenue, number of employees, type of publisher, and geographic region.
ECPA Salary and Benefits Report
Salary and benefits survey provides compensation and benefits information for personnel employed by participating
evangelical Christian publishers, with compensation data broken out by annual company revenue, type of entity
(for-profit vs. not-for-profit), and level of profitability (typical vs. high profit).
AAUP Compensation Survey
Annual compensation survey provides salary and benefits information for the publishing divisions of university
presses in the U.S. and Canada, with data broken down by annual sales volume, geographic area, ownership, salary
tier, and gender. Survey is available to members only.
Small Business Valuation Formula Multiples
Book, Magazine, and Newspaper Publishers
Comprehensive reference guide provides market-based business valuation multiples for small businesses in more than 200 industries.
Valuation multiples are derived from actual business sales transactions as reported by BIZCOMPS®, with the primary
focus on small companies priced at less than $1 million.
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