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Book Publishers

SIC 2731 | NAICS 511130

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

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Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

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.

Book Publishers

First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

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.

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.

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.

GIA Research
Book Publishing
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.

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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
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Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

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.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

PW Salary Survey  Search for above title
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.

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