E-Book Publishing Services Procurement Category Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Over the three years to 2014, the booming popularity of e-readers and e-books has spurred demand for e-book publishing services, thus driving up publishing prices; while demand for e-books is projected to remain strong over the next three years, mounting market competition and pricing wars between publishers and retailers will continue to dictate the price of e-book publishing services. For these reasons and to help procurement professionals make better buying decisions faster, business intelligence firm IBISWorld has added a report on the procurement of E-Book Publishing Services to its growing collection of procurement category market research reports.

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Over the three years to 2014, the booming popularity of e-readers and e-books has spurred demand for e-book publishing services, thus driving up publishing prices.

E-book publishing services have a buyer power score of 3.3 out of 5. This score reflects a mixed bag of favorable and hindering conditions existing in the market that have been influencing buyer negotiation power over the three years to 2014. During the period, the widespread adoption of e-readers has underpinned demand for e-book publishing services as more people have perceived the value and convenience of carrying multiple books on one device. Over the next three years, suppliers will likely adjust their e-book publishing prices upward as demand for e-books continues to strengthen, particularly in the education market segment, says IBISWorld analyst Anna Son. In addition to rising prices, ongoing disagreements and lawsuits between publishers and retailers over e-book prices increase price volatility, thereby suppressing buyer power.

Meanwhile, moderate total cost of ownership and market share concentration further undermine buyer negotiation power. There are various costs associated with modifying the scope of a project that can increase the total purchasing cost for buyers, including changes to the e-book content or digital images. Buyers should also note that while they may not pay upfront fees for uploading files using supplier proprietary technology, they still have to pay the fees for the provision of extra services, continues Son.

Despite a plethora of suppliers to choose from, such as Amazon, Apple and Barnes & Noble, the e-book publishing market has undergone some consolidation in recent years. Rising market share concentration diminishes buyer negotiation leverage by reducing the pool of available suppliers.

Fortunately for buyers, low service specialization, along with moderate switching costs and shorter buying lead times compared with traditional book publishing, underpin buyer power. Although the content of each book is unique, the e-book publishing processes are quite standardized, making it easier for buyers to compare suppliers against each other. Given mounting market competition, many suppliers offer value-added services to differentiate themselves from competitors. As such, buyers should consider bundling related services, like editing and e-book cover design, to receive potential service discounts and streamline operations. For more information, visit IBISWorld’s E-Book Publishing Services procurement category market research report page.

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IBISWorld Procurement Report Key Topics

This report is intended to assist buyers of e-book publishing services. Providers help buyers convert text files into properly formatted e-books and publish them to e-book distribution platforms. This report includes companies that are not only engaged in digital publishing, but are also involved in the distribution business.

Executive Summary
Pricing Environment
Price Fundamentals
Benchmark Price
Pricing Model
Price Drivers
Recent Price Trend
Price Forecast
Product Characteristics
Product Life Cycle
Total Cost of Ownership
Product Specialization
Substitute Goods
Quality Control
Supply Chain & Vendors
Supply Chain Dynamics
Supply Chain Risk
Competitive Environment
Market Share Concentration
Market Profitability
Switching Costs
Purchasing Process
Buying Basics
Buying Lead Time
Selection Process
Key RFP Elements
Negotiation Questions
Buyer Power Factors
Key Statistics

About IBISWorld Inc.
IBISWorld is one of the world's leading publishers of business intelligence, specializing in Industry research and Procurement research. Since 1971, IBISWorld has provided thoroughly researched, accurate and current business information. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, IBISWorld’s procurement research reports equip clients with the insight necessary to make better purchasing decisions, faster. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld Procurement serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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