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Nov 3rd 2022
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  • Print Publishing
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How Does the Publishing Industry Look Like in 2023?

At the start of 2023, the global book publishing industry was estimated to be worth US$91.39 billion, and by 2027, it was expected to reach US$97.84 billion if it maintained a continuous annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.06 percent. As the year has continued to progress for the publishing industry, it has been reported that the revenue for the global book publishing industry has increased at a CAGR of 0.2 percent, amounting to US$132.4 billion in 2023. The book publishing market is also projected to grow to US$ 141.7 billion by 2033. The continuing growth in revenue of the publishing industry is dependent on multiple factors and upcoming new trends that incorporate the latest technology, the newest customer engagement models, and changing readership patterns.

Growth of Indie and Self-Published Authors

Direct selling of books is a big trend noticed for 2023, where authors will be at a higher likelihood to write, publish, and sell their books all on their own without the hassle of going to big publishers. One big pitfall that aspiring or early-stage authors face with big publishing houses is the loss of rights and control over their written content, along with the split in royalties earned by the book. With increased education and fewer hurdles to self-publishing online, indie authors and publishers will be increasingly leaning toward direct sales.

Changing Technology

Technology will prove to be a key market driver in the publishing industry for 2023 and beyond, with it already being tested for simple repetitive tasks in the publishing workflow. Experts reckon that AI will influence the writing process in the industry, but though it may not be able to write thought-provoking matter without human intervention, AI is a highly efficient tool to improve the quality of existing content and to produce content according to customer engagement.

Diversity in Publishing

The year sees a greater awareness of diversity in the industry, with respect to characterization, the employment of publishing executives, and authors. Publishers have been making efforts to hire book editors from the Latinx and BIPOC (black, indigenous, and people of color) communities and to invest in diversity, equality, and inclusion strategies in their companies.

Growing Demand for Audiobooks, eBooks, and Podcasts

It is reported that in 2023, 1.85 billion people will be listening to podcasts globally, meaning that customers are slowly moving away from traditional print books and exploring other forms of written content. Audiobooks and eBooks have also been on the rise in the past 10 years, with a 14.3 percent increase in revenue every year. Compared to audiobooks, eBooks are surging in demand in the market, as they have become a more accessible, feasible, and easier option for independent authors looking to publish digitally.

Increasing Demand for Summaries

Consumers are now beginning to consume a greater quantity of content faster. This can be a publisher’s opportunity to develop book summary platforms, which can serve the nonfiction book market. These platforms can provide users with the gist of books in audio and text formats and also book summaries as courses.

Utilizing Subscription-Based Business Models

Publishers will be looking to monetize customer subscriptions by offering more subscriber-specific services. Keeping the customer in mind, the personalization of advertisements for subscriptions will see a rise, with publishers offering innovative content formats to their customers.

Mobile-Based Business

As access to mobile devices increases and readers continue to stay digitally connected, publishers will have to invest in creating a user-friendly experience on websites, forums, and blogs. The usage of accelerated mobile pages (AMPs) and vertical content in videos can help improve user experience, as these are the formats that the digital world is engaging with extensively. Publishers must be aware of how to customize their content for various screens and devices if they are to engage with a larger audience.

Harnessing Social Media

Social media has boundless potential for the publishing industry at present and beyond. Publishers are slowly taking advantage of the wide audience reach that platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram have. For instance, BookTok, which uses the TikTok platform for marketing books and authors, is a genius way to market a book.

Analyze trends and consumer behavior to stay ahead, and be future ready for your publishing needs. Content is king, and that has not changed. Whatever publishing trends may come and go, Amnet will have your back in the industry. Full service or à la carte, our technabled range of digital book publishing services and content enrichment solutions will help you scale your business goals with certainty. Get ready for 2022 by partnering with us at content production.


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