An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups
January 10, 2017 by Thad McIlroy
At the link below you can download my new report, An Authoritative Look at Book Publishing Startups In the United States. I’ve been collecting the data in the report for nearly 5 years. I wrote the analysis in December, 2016, determined to publish early this year.
There’s been a void in our understanding of startup activity specific to the book publishing industry. Here is the first quantitative analysis of that activity, specifically in the U.S. It answers questions like:
• How many startups launched in the last decade?
• How many of these are still in business today?
• What is the primary business focus of the startups?
• How much money have they raised?
• How many companies have exited via a merger or acquisition (or in a couple of cases, an IPO)?
At the core of the report is an Excel spreadsheet with nearly 900 companies listed. For each company I uncovered their mission statement (or short product description), market focus, amount of money raised (if disclosed), and current status. Some people will be familiar with the pioneering startup list that Michael Bashkar originated. My list continues and expands on Michael’s effort, with three times as many companies and more detail on each.
I did the work to satisfy my own curiosity and to understand the nature of innovation in the publishing industry — in the absence of visible innovation at the established book publishers, most notably the big five. So where will we find the future of the publishing industry? Among these companies and the others that follow on the startup path.
The report is available for free. Also available is the Excel file where I compiled the base data.
Please let me know if the report is useful to you. And of course any errors or omissions.
Download the PDF report here.
Download the Excel spreadsheet here.
March 19, 2017: I’ve learned that Nina Klein also maintains a startup list, started in 2013. Her list includes about 175 companies, broken into 11 classifications, and includes keywords describing each company.