Publishing sector scorecard - Thematic Research

Publishing sector scorecard - Thematic Research


The publishing industry is in the midst of significant change, driven in large part by technology. For example, internet and social media sites like Facebook have fundamentally altered how people consume news, leaving newspaper publishers struggling to keep up. Many have chosen to adopt online subscription models to secure revenue streams, although these have met with some consumer resistance. Publishing companies must be able to effectively harness technology if they are to survive these turbulent times. Artificial intelligence (AI) could enable them to provide consumers with more timely and relevant content, while formats like podcasts and audiobooks represent opportunities to engage with hard-to-reach demographics, particularly young people and those with limited free time.

This report provides information on key themes that will impact the publishing sector over the next two years, including AI, EdTech, smart speakers, advertising, subscription models, M&A, and data privacy.


  • This report is a sector scorecard, which identifies those companies most likely to succeed in a world filled with disruptive threats. Inside, we predict how each theme will evolve and identify the leading and lagging companies.
  • It includes a theme map that shows the 50 biggest themes driving growth in the publishing sector.
  • It explains how some of the largest listed players in the sector have performed over the last three years.
  • It looks at major technology and macro-economic trends impacting publishing companies.
Reasons to buy
  • Companies who invest in the right themes become success stories; those who miss the big themes end up as failures. Corporate executives and investors who want to outperform their competitors need to understand all the themes that impact their sector.
  • However, many of these themes are, by definition, outside of the core competencies of company boardrooms because they typically originate from external industries.
  • This publishing sector scorecard provides a top-down, comprehensive outlook for the key players in the industry over the next two years, based on the key themes set to transform their market.

  • Introduction
    • Theme map
      • Table Figure 1: Our theme map shows the 50 biggest themes driving growth in the tech, media, and telecoms sector
    • Sector performance
      • Table Figure 2: Since the beginning of 2017, application software developers have outperformed whilst traditional advertisers have underperformed
    • Company performance
      • Table Figure 3: Price momentum of the big players in the sector
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Sector scorecard: publishing
    • Who’s who
      • Table Figure 4: Who’s who
    • Thematic screen
      • Table Figure 5: Thematic screen
    • Valuation screen
      • Table Figure 6: Valuation screen
    • Risk screen
      • Table Figure 7:. Risk screen
  • Appendix: Our “Thematic” research methodology
    • Viewing the world’s data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our “thematic engine”
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 8: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?
    • How our research reports fit into our overall thematic research ecosystem
    • About GlobalData
    • Authors
    • Contact us
    • Disclaimer

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