Global and China E-book Industry Report, 2009-2010

Date: July 23, 2010
Pages: 102
US$ 2,000.00
Publisher: ResearchInChina
Report type: Strategic Report
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Global and China E-book Industry Report, 2009-2010
Emerged and matured in the United States, eBook has swept the globe as a brand new convenient and eco-friendly medium for reading. The global eBook shipment was about 1 million in 2008, jumped to 3.82 million in 2009, and is expected to hit 9.3 million by 2010. Amazon Kindle, Hanvon eBook Reader and Sony Reader account for more than 90% of global market sales. In China, about 380,000 eBook readers, including 260,000 from Hanwang, were sold in 2009, and 480,300 were sold in the first half of 2010.

With the popularity of smart phones and the launch of iPad, the price of eBook reader will decline quickly. In 2010, Amazon reduced the price of Kindle from US$259 to US$189, making its sales volume in H1 2010 three times more than that in H1 2009. It is expected that the eBook market will keep growing in H2 2010.

In terms of upstream, midstream and downstream of eBook industry, upstream technology vendors E Ink and SiPix were integrated with midstream Taiwanese manufacturers PVI and AUO respectively. PVI acquired 100% stake in E Ink, while AUO got 31.58% shares of SiPix. Downstream terminal manufacturers regard content resources as their core competiveness, for example, Hanwang focuses on best-selling books; Founder Apabi focuses on academic books; Shanda Literature focuses on Internet literature which young people are more interested in, and publishing houses also develop content based on their existing resources.

As for the eBook business model, the USA’s eBook industry model is relatively mature. For example, in Amazon’s model, mobile operators are only the channels for content download, while Amazon, offering both terminal device and content download platform, is the leader of the industry. The “terminal + content” model of Amazon is successful. In June 2010, Amazon adopted a 70% royalty plan to improve its business model and further coordinate the interests of manufacturers in the industry chain.

China’s eBook business model is still in the exploration phase, and current models include the terminal manufacturer-dominated model, the operator-dominated model, the eBook portal model and the publishing house-dominated model.

Hanwang has given a successful example of the terminal manufacturer-dominated model. It invested RMB30 million in establishing Hanvon E-book Store and purchasing content. Learning from Amazon’s experience, it has taken the interests of content providers into full account, split profits 20/80 with content providers, and established the “terminal + content” model quickly.

The successful example of the operator-dominated model is set by China Mobile with its mobile reading base. Compared with American mobile operators, China’s mobile operators are more powerful in influence and control, and have sufficient resources to negotiate with content providers, set up download platforms and promote terminals. By customizing terminals, China Mobile cooperates with content providers to develop 3G eBook business. However, its 40/60 profit split method is not so attractive to content providers, the content charging mode is copying from the original charging mode for value-added services, and the subsidies for terminals cannot bring a larger profit margin in a short time. Besides, its eReading business is facing the ferocious competition from latecomers China Telecom and China Unicom, so its 3G eReading business is facing a fickle future.

Typical examples of the eBook portal model are Shanda and Founder, which have built Shanda Literature and Fanshu as their eBook content platforms respectively. Shanda’s Bambook has great potentials, because Bambook provides not only the literature of Shanda, but also the music of Hurray, the movies of Shanda Pictures, and even the games of Shanda, that’s also why the mighty China Mobile is willing to cooperate with Shanda.

The typical example of the publishing house-dominated model is set by Shanghai Century Publishing Group, which released the Cihai Reader with massive content by independent research and development. In a short term, the publishing house-dominated model can possess high-quality content resources without copyright concerns; but in the long run, the content advantages of publishers may become the barrier to their development. Exclusive content is always limited, and the content of one publishing house cannot meet the diversified demand of all readers. The only way out for traditional publishing houses to grab a share in the eReading market is to form super-media groups through mergers and acquisitions.

1.1 Emergence and Development
1.2 Development Trends
1.3 Influencing Factors


2.1 Global Market
2.2 Chinese Market
2.3 Competition Pattern
  2.3.1 Competition among Manufacturers
  2.3.2 Threat from Substitutes such as iPad


3.1 Operator-dominated Model
3.2 Equipment Manufacturer-dominated Model
3.3 Content Provider-dominated Model


4.1 Upstream Base Material Sector Led by E-INK
4.2 Midstream Module Sector Dominated by Taiwanese Enterprises
4.3 Downstream Application Sector with Content Resources as Core Competitiveness


  5.1.1 Profile and Main Technology
  5.1.2 Financial Data
  5.1.3 Main Product Technology
  5.2.1 Profile
  5.2.2 Main Technology
5.3 ePaper Technology of BRIDGESTONE
5.4 Laibao Hi-Tech
  5.4.1 Profile
  5.4.2 ePaper Technology
5.5 PVI
  5.5.1 Profile
  5.5.2 Products
  5.5.3 Financial Data
5.6 AUO
  5.6.1 Profile
  5.6.2 New ePaper Technology in R & D
  5.6.3 Operation


6.1 Amazon (KINDLE)
  6.1.1 Business Model and Product Strategy
  6.1.2 Kindle
6.3 Sony (Sony Reader)
6.4 Hanwang (Hanvon eBook Reader)
  6.4.1 Profile
  6.4.2 Market Distribution
  6.4.3 Operation
  6.4.4 Development of Hanvon eBook Products
  6.4.5 Hanvon eBook Store
6.5 Datang (eBook)
  6.5.1 Profile
  6.5.2 eBook Business Development
  6.5.3 Main Products
6.6 Tianjin Jinke (Hanlin)
  6.6.1 Profile
  6.6.2 Main Products and OEM Products of Hanlin
  6.6.3 eBook Technology Development
6.7 Guangzhou Jinchan (Dr. Yi)
  6.7.1 Profile
  6.7.2 Main Products
  6.8.1 Profile
  6.8.2 Main eBook Products


7.1 Shanda (Bambook)
  7.1.1 Profile
  7.1.2 eBook Business
7.2 Founder (WeFound)
  7.2.1 Profile
  7.2.2 Main Products
7.3 China Mobile
  7.3.1 eBook Business
  7.3.2 Charging Mode for eReading Services
  7.3.3 Competition among Three Major Operators


8.1 Shanghai Century Publishing Group
  8.1.1 Content Resources
  8.1.2 eBook Business
8.2 China Publishing Group
  8.2.1 Content Resources
  8.2.2 eBook Business
8.3 Chongqing Publishing Group
  8.3.1 Content Resources
  8.3.2 eBook Business


Global eBook Reader Shipment, 2008-2014E
Market Shares of Global Major eBook Reader Brands, 2008-2009
Market Shares of Global eBook Readers by Region, 2009
eBook Sales Growth and Penetration Rate in USA
Sales of eReader Terminals in China by Brand, Q2 2010
eBook Competition Situation in China
China Mobile eReading Terminals by Type, 2010-2012E
Comparison between eReader and iPad
Operator-dominated Model
Equipment Manufacturer-dominated Model
Content Provider-dominated Model
eBook Industry Chain
Major Manufacturers of Each Sector in the Industry Chain
Comparison between E-INK Technology and SIPIX Technology
PVI-EPD Module Production Process
Operating Income and Operating Profit Margin of E INK, Q1-Q4 2009
ePaper Technology of SIPIX IMAGING
ePaper Film Manufacturing Process
Principle of High-speed Response Liquid Powder Display Technology
Comparison between QR-LPD and LCD in Refresh Rate
QR-LPD Refresh Process
Parameters of PVI's Main Products
Operating income and net profit of PVI, 2008-Q1 2010
R & D Expenses of AUO, 2008-2009
Operating Income and Net Profit of AUO, 2006-2009
Component Cost Structure of Amazon Kindle 2
Financial Data of Amazon Kindle 2, 2007-2010E
eBook Development of Amazon and Sony
Core Technology and Product Application of Hanwang
Product Revenue Structure of Hanwang, 2009
Stake Structure of Hanwang
Revenue and Growth Rate of Hanwang, 2005-2009
Revenue Structure of Hanwang, 2005-2009
Gross Margin and Net Profit Margin of Hanwang, 2005-2009
Expenditure of Hanwang, 2005-2009
Operating Income and Net Profit of Hanwang, 2007-Q1 2009
Sales Volume and Prices of eBook Reader of Hanwang, 2010-2012E
Sales Revenue of Hanwang, 2010-2012E
Attention on eBook Readers of Hanwang, H1 2010
Output of and Attention on eBook Reader of Hanwang by Type, May 2010
Revenue and Profit of Datang Telecom, 2002-2009
AIRPAPER TD 50T eBook Reader of Datang Telecom
Comparison between Amazon Kindle 2 and Datang eBook Reader in technical parameters
Hanlin Dual-screen eBook Reader
Hanlin ePaper Reader (Flexible eBook Reader)
Hanlin Color eBook Reader
Hanlin Folding eBook Reader
Content Advantages of Shanda Literature
eReading Business Development of Three Major Operators in China
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