The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is to release an annual report showcasing the contributions IPG members make to the UK's creative industries and its economy.
The Independent Publishing Report will be compiled by Nielsen BookScan and will ask IPG members to supply information about their sales, publishing output, rights business, staffing levels, customers, printing and exports.
Members will also be asked about the impact of the technological change in publishing, including their use of new digital platforms and formats and their e-book sales, as well as their options on market changes and threats and forecasts for the future.
The findings from the first Independent Publishing Report will be revealed at the IPG’s 2015 Autumn Conference, to be held in London on 12th November.
IPG chief executive, Bridget Shine, said: “Independent publishers make a hugely important contribution to UK publishing and business, but until now there has not been enough intelligence on their activities. We are delighted to plug that gap with this new report, which will cast a much-needed spotlight on independent publishing and build into a trusted source of information about the outstanding companies within it.”
The report will showcase the contributions that IPG members make to the UK’s creative industries and economy and highlight the entrepreneurial qualities of independent publishers as well as identify the strengths of the sector and flag up some of the opportunities and threats it faces in the years ahead.
The report will also serve as a “valuable new benchmarking tool” to help companies in the independent sector assess their performance against their peers and consider their practices in various areas of publishing, Shine said.
It is intended that the report will be an annual publication, indicating year on year trends and building into an archive of independent publishing in the 21st century. Members who participate in the survey will get a full copy of the report.