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Book Stores in the US - Industry Market Research Report

Book Stores in the US

Despite a strengthening domestic economy and rising per capita disposable income, the Book Stores industry has contracted over the five years to 2019. The trend toward online shopping has kept this industry in decline. However, even amid intense competition in a declining industry, some small, independent operators with a loyal local following have flourished, as many consumers still prefer print books over e-books. Over the five years to 2024, industry revenue is anticipated to continue to decline, albeit at a slower rate. While many consumers will continue to read on e-readers and tablets, e-book sales are expected to plateau as the virtual market becomes saturated and a large number of consumers continue to prefer traditional print text.

Companies in this industry primarily retail a broad range of books, newspapers and periodicals, including trade books, textbooks, magazines, paperbacks and religious books. These goods are purchased from domestic (and in some cases international) manufacturers and wholesalers. Operators then retail these goods to the general public through industry stores. This industry excludes retailers that operate primarily as used merchandise stores or electronic shopping and mail-order houses.

This report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecasts, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.


  • About this Industry
  • Industry at a Glance
    • Table Key Statistics Snapshot
    • Table Revenue vs. employment growth
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2019)
    • Table Industry Structure
  • Industry Performance
    • Table Per capita disposable income
    • Table Industry revenue
    • Table Life Cycle Stage
  • Products & Markets
    • Table KEY BUYING INDUSTRIES
    • Table KEY SELLING INDUSTRIES
    • Table Products and services segmentation (2019)
    • Table Major market segmentation (2019)
    • Table Business Locations 2019
    • Table Distribution of establishments vs. population
  • Competitive Landscape
    • Table Sector vs. Industry Costs
    • Table Barriers to Entry checklist
  • Major Companies
    • Table Major Players
    • Table Barnes & Noble Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Barnes & Noble Education Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
    • Table Follett Higher Education Group Inc. (US industry-specific segment) - financial performance*
  • Operating Conditions
    • Table Capital Intensity
    • Table Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success
    • Table Volatility vs. growth
  • Key Statistics
    • Table Industry Data
    • Table Annual Change
    • Table Key Ratios
    • Table Industry Financial Ratios
  • Jargon & Glossary

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