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Digital Books and the New Subscription Economy

Book Description

BISG's study on digital book subscriptions, analyzing the influence of different subscription models within the book publishing industry, stakeholder attitudes to the new models, and the anticipated impact of the subscription economy in publishing in the coming years.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Table of Contents
  5. Terms of Use
  6. Executive Summary
    1. Methodology
    2. Components of Subscription Models
    3. Digital Book Subscription Trends in Four Market Segments
    4. Opportunities & Open Issues
    5. The Future of the Subscription Economy for Digital Books
  7. Section One: Introduction
    1. Factors Driving Differences in Digital Subscription Models
      1. Price Sensitivity
      2. Breadth & Depth of Selection
      3. Access versus Ownership
    2. Multiple Pathways to Revenue
    3. Variations in the Dominant Digital Subscription Models
      1. Purchase for Perpetual Access
      2. Digital Rentals, Pay-Per-View & Short-Term Loan
      3. Unlimited Access to "All You Can Eat" Collections
      4. Freemium Strategies
    4. Summary
  8. Section Two: Digital Book Subscriptions in Four Market Segments
    1. Consumer Fiction & Non-Fiction
      1. Size & Shape of the Digital Book Market
      2. Selection of Key Players
      3. Recent Trends in Digital Book Subscriptions
      4. Open Issues & Developments to Watch
    2. Scholarly Monographs
      1. Size & Shape of the Digital Book Market
      2. Recent Trends in Digital Book Subscriptions
      3. Selection of Key Players
      4. Open Issues & Developments to Watch
    3. Professional & Technical Reference
      1. Size & Shape of the Digital Book Market
      2. Selection of Key Players
      3. Recent Trends in Digital Book Subscriptions
      4. Open Issues & Developments to Watch
    4. Higher Education Textbooks
      1. Size & Shape of the Digital Book Market
      2. Selection of Key Players
      3. Recent Trends in Digital Book Subscriptions
      4. Open Issues & Developments to Watch
  9. Section Three: Key Questions for Book Publishers
    1. Will there be a Netflix or Spotify for ebooks?
    2. Will subscription businesses undermine current sales channels?
    3. How will publishers protect the value of their premium content and brands?
    4. What is the proper balance between general collections and niche or vertical subscription services?
    5. When should publishers create their own subscription businesses or sell through aggregators?
    6. How will publishers and authors be compensated for their content?
    7. How will free content and the sharing economy impact the evolution of digital subscription services?
    8. Will digital books be subsumed into subscription services offering non-book content and value-added services?
  10. Section Four: The Publishers' Perspective: Findings from the Survey
    1. Methodology & Demographics
    2. Delivery of Digital Subscriptions
      1. Subscription Aggregator Services
      2. Direct Sales
    3. Potential Benefits of Digital Book Subscriptions
    4. Potential Challenges of Digital Book Subscriptions
    5. Anticipated Growth & Impact of Subscriptions
      1. Impact on Stakeholders
      2. The Future of Subscriptions for eBooks
  11. Section Five: Conclusion: Benefits & Drawbacks for Key Stakeholders
    1. Publishers
    2. Authors
    3. Retailers
    4. Libraries
    5. Readers
  12. Appendix 1. Glossary of Terms
  13. Appendix 2: Select Sources & Additional Information
  14. Appendix 3: Online Survey Data Summary
  15. Appendix 4: Contributing Companies & Institutions
  16. Acknowledgment of Sponsors