The analysis of data from the Annual Book Industry Surveys (2007 and 2008) rests on
the assumption that the data received from the individual participating companies is
It is not possible to compare the results of the 2008 annual survey with that of the
previous years. The participants of the survey differ, and some participants
experienced significant changes in their business operations, which had an effect on
the survey results. Some participants moved into a higher turnover category, either
through organic growth or through mergers and acquisitions. Others dropped into lower
categories having sold off parts of their publishing lists.
This broad trends report is based on a like-for-like comparison of all the entities that
participated in both the 2007 and 2008 annual surveys, in order to highlight the
patterns and trends manifested over these two years.