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The Book Publishing Industry

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This report offers an in-depth analysis of the major economic developments in the book publishing industry. The analysis integrates data from a statistical report published earlier as part of this project. The report is divided into 4 main parts. Chapter 1, the introduction, puts the sector into an historical perspective. Chapter 2 introduces the markets at a global and regional level; describes some of the major EU markets (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom). Chapter 3 analyses the value network of the European book publishing industry, identifying the transformations taking place in the value network and in business models as a result of the on-going digitalisation process, first in the distribution of physical goods and then digital books. Chapter 4 reviews the policy issues specific to this sector such as fixed prices or VAT issues.

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  • Jean-Paul Simon & Giuditta de Prato, 2012. "The Book Publishing Industry," JRC Working Papers JRC76642, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).
  • Handle: RePEc:ipt:iptwpa:jrc76642
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    1. Fransman,Martin, 2010. "The New ICT Ecosystem," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521171205, April.
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    Keywords

    Media; Book Publishing market; Industry structure; Digital; Public policy; eBook; eInk;

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    • L2 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media

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