The U.S.-based Book Manufacturers’ Institute (BMI – Bradenton, Florida) has published this year’s State of the Book Industry Report to inform business leadership across the supply chain on current market data and emerging trends. Last year’s report was done just as many COVID-19 lockdowns had started, so it was difficult to make any predictions about what the rest of 2020 would look like. Now that we’re half way into 2021, this year’s report looks back at a year like no other – and points to what’s likely coming down the road. The fill report is free to BMI members. Interested parties in the printing and publishing sector can request an executive summary by contacting BMI directly. Topics covered include:
• Overall economic trends and statistics
• Factors impacting book manufacturers, such as employment
• Key trends in book readership, consumption and demand
• Important management issues for book manufacturers in 2021
“Last year was one that many of us would like to forget,” said BMI Executive Director Matt Baehr. “New challenges were popping up every week. As we move forward, economic and labour trends along with supply chain issues, will affect our industry greatly. The 2021 Sate of the Book Industry Report provides some context and a good vantage point of where things are right now.” The report is part of BMI’s 2021 Annual Research Program that’s sponsored by Lakeside Book Company, Lindenmeyr Paper, Rolland, Canon, HP, Core Publishing Solutions, Crown Van Gelder, Muller Martini and Screen USA.