Online Book Sales in Australia Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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The migration away from bricks-and-mortar retailers to online e-tailers has translated into revenue growth for online book sales. For this reason, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Online Book Sales industry in Australia to its growing industry report collection.

IBISWorld Market Research

IBISWorld Market Research

Consumers have increasingly moved towards e-books, particularly as reading devices have become more advanced

Online Book Sales in Australia have undergone rapid growth over the past five years. Consumers have taken to online shopping quickly, becoming more comfortable with e-commerce transactions and receiving items via delivery. According to IBISWorld industry analyst David Whytcross, “The migration away from bricks-and-mortar retailers to online e-tailers has translated into revenue growth for online book sales.” The demise of bricks-and-mortar book retailers due to parallel import restrictions (PIR) and local and overseas online competition has driven more consumers to purchase from industry operators, although growth has been partially limited by the global dominance of Amazon and its subsidiaries. Overall, industry revenue is forecast to rise by a compound annual 26.0% over the five years through 2013-14, to reach $321.9 million.

International competitors have enjoyed favourable conditions over the past five years due to the high Australian dollar. They are also able to bypass PIR, which prevents the mass importation of foreign-published books and forces local retailers to charge higher prices. While local e-tailers are also subject to PIR, the decline of independent bookstores and large-scale chains like Borders has enticed more consumers to shop online for books. Furthermore, consumers have increasingly moved towards e-books, particularly as reading devices such as e-readers and tablets have become more advanced. However, the boosts provided by online and e-book migration have begun to slow down, resulting in forecast revenue growth of 16.5% in the current year.

Growth in the Online Book Sales industry is expected to slow slightly over the next five years, as there will be no major events or new technologies such as the Apple iPad. Consumers are expected to continue migrating to e-books at a slower rate, particularly for educational purposes. However, internet piracy is a growing concern. The industry is also expected to benefit from the depreciating Australian dollar, as consumers will have incentive to move away from Amazon and towards the now more price-competitive local online bookstores. Consequently, industry revenue is forecast to rise over the five years through 2018-19. The industry consists of a large number of smaller, independent operators that cater to niche segments, giving it a low level of concentration. “Robust external competition from Amazon and the Book Depository has prevented the major players from capitalising on economies of scale,” says Whytcross. Recent efforts to compete on service and fast delivery have strengthened the market share of the major players. The major players in the industry are Booktopia Pty Ltd and Penguin Australia Pty Ltd.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Online Book Sales report in Australia industry page.

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IBISWorld Industry Report Key Topics

The industry includes online sales of print books and e-books by participants that are pure e-tailers and those that also have a bricks-and-mortar presence. Bricks-and-mortar sales, audio book sales and self-publisher sales from personal websites are not included in the industry.

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About IBISWorld Inc.
Recognised as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every Australian industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Melbourne, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organisations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit or call (03) 9655 3886.

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