The Growth of E-books and the Potential Decline of Paper Books

Smithers Pira provides in-depth analysis into the e-book industry and the future of the book in this exclusive market report. Learn more here.


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Product type: Market report
Date of publication: 14 Oct 2010
Product format: Digital Copy, Hard Copy
Number of pages: 210

Over the last decade many have questioned the disruptive potential of electronic media to displace the traditional printed book, but with sales of Amazon's Kindle device now being counted in the millions and the European launch of Apple's ipad with inclusive bookshop, the e-book industry is set to pose a significant challenge to the market for paper books in the years ahead.


This new report investigates the future of the book as well as the opportunities and threats for paper as a substrate for book printing. In particular, to assess the extent to which paper books will be superceded by e-based alternatives, grade substitution, the impact of wider social issues and the consequences for paper suppliers and the sector in the medium to long term.

What do you get?

  • The key global markets broken down by end users in the designated product sectors.
  • Primary research into the future of the book with an emphasis on qualitative data
  • Paper and e-book industry trends
  • Interviews with key paper manufacturers and merchants concerning the future of the book

Table of Contents

Executive summary

Abbreviations and acronyms


  • Objective
  • Scope
  • Methodology
  • Book market trends
    • How the book business model is changing
    • Paper trends in book printing
    • Digitalisation
    • Impact of the internet
    • The impact of the ebook
    • Declining book readership
    • Asian print competition
    • Book Smithers Piracy
    • Used books
  • Primary research highlights
    • Supply chain interviews
    • Paper selection criteria
    • Paper supplier feedback
    • Printers and print oems
    • Libraries
    • Retailers
    • Discussion group feedback
    • Focus group
    • Ipex discussion forum
  • Book paper demand
    • The market and projected demand
    • Future market demand
    • Chinese exports

Appendix 1: book paper interviews

  • Paper manufacturers and merchants
  • Arctic paper SA
  • Hellefoss
  • Holmen paper hallsta
  • Inapa group
  • Paper management services (part of antalis mcnaughton)
  • Robert horne
  • Sappi fine paper europe
  • Upm - kymmene stracel mill, france
  • Printers & print oems
  • Baro press
  • Clays limited
  • Cpi clausen & bosse
  • Cpi france
  • Cpi koninklijke wöhrmann
  • Océ
  • Rotolito lombarda, s.p.a.
  • Publishers
  • Albin michel (les editions
  • Blackwell publishing limited
  • Buch bücher gmbh
  • De agostini editore
  • Edizioni della vigna
  • Éditions de la table ronde (éditions gallimard)
  • Egmont
  • Hachette book group (hbg) france
  • Lexis nexis
  • Macmillan
  • The national gallery company
  • Osprey publishing
  • Penguin
  • Prisa
  • Reed elsevier
  • Elsevier
  • Random house mondadori (rhm)
  • Uitgeverij de bezige bij
  • Libraries
  • Biblioteca nacional de espana
  • Biblioteca nazionale centrale di roma
  • Maria curie sklowdowski university lublin
  • Openbare bibliotheek amsterdam
  • Syndicat de la librairie française (slf)
  • Retailers
  • A.b.e. Marketing
  • La feltrinelli editore (giangiacomo)
  • Librería diógenes
  • Speedup
  • Waterstones
  • W & g foyle ltd

Appendix 2: focus group transcript

Appendix 3: 2010 conference discussions

  • 20 may 2010, ipex
  • June 2010 interquest book conference

Appendix 4: published interviews

  • Www.

Appendix 5: global and regional book paper

  • Demand for the three scenarios
  • World
  • North america
  • Asia pacific
  • Latin america
  • Middle east & africa

Appendix 6: book paper demand for the three

  • Scenarios - country specific
  • Scenario 1
  • Scenario 2
  • Scenario 3

Appendix 7: chinese book exports