Publishers Association Yearbook 2019

Value of publishing

The Publishers Association Yearbook 2019 contains statistical analysis of publisher revenue for consumer, education, and academic books and journals with 100+ accompanying tables and graphs. 2019 was publishing’s best year ever with total publishing sales reaching £6.3bn and growth across every sector.

The report is available to purchase for £95 or if you are a member of the Publishers Association, you can download it for free from our Members’ Area.

Our thanks to Nielsen Book Research, who compile and analyse the Yearbook data, and the participants of our various statistics schemes.

The figures quoted in the Yearbook 2019 prove the strength the publishing industry showed last year. It is our hope that this strength can translate to resilience as the sector adapts to the trading realities of post-pandemic Britain.

Caroline Dinenage MP, Minister of State for Digital and Culture

Over the past year, the industry has not only shown itself to be resilient but to have flourished. In fact, 2019 was UK publishing’s best year ever.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive of the Publishers Association

What’s inside

  • Foreward by Caroline Dinenage, Minister of State for Digital and Culture
  • Introduction by Stephen Lotinga, CEO of the Publishers Association
  • The year in publishing 2019

Introduction

  • Publisher sales of books
  • Publisher sales of printed books
  • Average invoiced price of printed books
  • Publisher sales of digital books

Home

  • Publisher home sales of books: print and digital
  • Publisher home sales of printed books, by category
  • Average invoiced price of printed book home sales, by category
  • Publisher home sales of digital books

Exports

  • Publisher export sales of books: print and digital
  • Publisher export sales of printed books, by category
  • Average invoiced price of printed book exports, by category
  • Publisher export sales of digital books, by category
  • Export sales of books, by country and region

Introduction

  • Introduction by David Shelley (Hachette), Chair of the Consumer Publishers Council
  • Publisher sales of consumer books: print and digital

Fiction

  • Publisher sales of fiction books: print and digital
  • Pulisher sales of printed fiction books
  • Average invoiced price of printed fiction books
  • Export sales of fiction books, by country and region

Non-fiction and reference

  • Publisher sales of non-fiction and reference books: print and digital
  • Publisher sales of printed non-fiction and reference books
  • Average invoiced price of printed non-fiction and reference books
  • Export sales of non-fiction and reference books, by country and region

Children’s

  • Publisher sales of children’s books: print and digital
  • Publisher sales of printed children’s books
  • Average invoiced price of printed children’s books
  • Export sales of children’s books, by country and region

Introduction

  • Introduction by Jane Harley (Oxford University Press), Chair of the Education Publishers Council
  • Publisher sales of education books: print and digital

School books

  • Publisher sales of schoolbooks: print and digital
  • Publisher sales of printed schoolbooks
  • Average invoiced price of printed schoolbooks
  • Export sales of schoolbooks, by country and region

English Language Teaching

  • Publisher sales of ELT books: printed and digital
  • Publisher sales of printed ELT books
  • Average invoiced price of printed ELT books
  • Export sales of ELT books, by country and region

Introduction

  • Introduction by Liz Ferguson (Wiley) and Andrew Robinson (Cengage), Chairs of the Academic Publishers Council and Higher & Further Education Publishers Council
  • Publisher sales of academic books and journals: print and digital

Books

  • Publisher sales of academic and professional books: print and digital
  • Publisher sales of printed academic and professional books
  • Average invoiced price of printed academic and professional books
  • Export sales of academic and professional books, by country and region

Journals

  • Publisher income from learned journals: print and digital
  • Publisher income from learned journals by type
  • Publisher subscription income from learned journals by format
  • Publisher export income from learned journals by region

Introduction

  • Publisher gross income from rights and coeditions
  • Other secondary rights income distributed by the Publishers’ Licensing Services
  • Publisher gross income from rights and coeditions by type of right
  • Publisher gross income from rights and coeditions by category of publication

Foreign language rights and coeditions

  • Publisher gross income from foreign language rights and coeditions by region
  • Publisher gross income from foreign language rights and coeditions by language
  • Publisher gross income from English language rights and coedition

Rights, coeditions, and agent income

  • Publisher gross income from rights by type of right and category of publication
  • Publisher income from coeditions by type of right and category of publication
  • Authors’ agent income from rights
  • Publishers Association Sales Monitor (PASM)
    • Print sales
    • Digital sales
  • Estimating total book sales of UK publishers
    • Print sales estimates
    • Digital sales estimates
  • Publishers Association surveys of rights income
  • Survey of authors’ agents
  • Publishers Association Journal Statistics Scheme
  • Export sales of print and digital books: Top 50 countries