Market Overview

The Retail & Wholesale Trade of Books & Stationery in South Africa 2018 - The Market for Books, News, and Stationery Is Expected to Record Revenue of R39.3Bn in 2019 -


The "Retail
and Wholesale Trade of Books and Stationery in South Africa 2018"

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Sales of books, newspapers and stationery account for 3.1% of overall
retail sales, and this sector is dominated by educational books. The
market for books, news, and stationery is expected to record revenue of
R39.3bn in 2019.

Unit sales of books declined by 7% in 2017 as poor economic conditions
affected disposable income, a trend which has continued in 2018. The
rand's decline will result in further increases in the cost of imported
books while cost pressures are mounting for local publishers.

South Africa remains relatively unaffected by the international shift to
e-books. Educational books account for 75% of book sales and production
in this sector is almost entirely local, and predominantly paper-based.
The market for South African fiction remains relatively tiny, and most
of that market is for Afrikaans fiction.

While digitization has resulted in reduced demand for paper-based
products, it has also expanded the scope of the stationery suppliers
industry with products like printing cartridges, printing paper and

The report includes comprehensive profiles of 42 companies in the books
and stationery sector including major booksellers like Exclusive Books
and increasingly successful independent booksellers including The Book
Lounge and Love Books, as well as online sellers such as Takealot. It
also profiles players in the stationery sector including CNA and RNA
Stationers and dominant wholesalers Silveray and Waltons.

Key Topics Covered

1. Introduction

2. Description of the Industry

3. Size of the Industry

4. State of the Industry

5. Influencing Factors

6. Competition

7. SWOT Analysis

8. Outlook

9. Industry Associations

10. References

Companies Profiled

  • Adams Booksellers (Pty) Ltd.
  • Amazon.Com Inc.
  • Bidvest Office and Print Holdings Ltd.
  • Book Lounge CC
  • Books Magazines and Stationery CC
  • Booksite (Pty) Ltd.
  • Bridge Books CC
  • eBook Shop CC
  • Edcon Ltd
  • Exclusive Books Group (Pty) Ltd.
  • Executive Information Services CC
  • Flip File (Pty) Ltd.
  • Forms Media Independent (Africa) (Pty) Ltd.
  • Frank R Thorold (Pty) Ltd.
  • Freedom Stationery (Pty) Ltd
  • Hargraves Library Service (Pty) Ltd.
  • Interstat Stationery (Pty) Ltd.
  • Love Books (Pty) Ltd.
  • Macmillan South Africa (Pty) Ltd.
  • Massmart Holdings Ltd.
  • Media24 (Pty) Ltd.
  • National Stationery CC
  • Parcelninja (Pty) Ltd.
  • Peters Papers (Pty) Ltd.
  • Pick n Pay Stores Ltd.
  • PNA Stationers (Pty) Ltd.
  • Prima Toy and Leisure Trading (Pty) Ltd.
  • Procure Trade (Pty) Ltd.
  • SPAR Group Ltd (The)
  • Takealot Online (RF) (Pty) Ltd.
  • Trefoil Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd.
  • Van Schaik Bookstore (Pty) Ltd.
  • Virtual Bookshelf CC
  • Wordsworth Books CC
  • and more...

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