The 2002-03 ABS Book Publishers Survey identified 236 businesses that were predominantly involved in publishing books. There were also ten businesses that generated an annual income in excess of $2m from book publishing, although their main business activities were in other fields.
At the other end of the distribution chain, the 2002-03 ABS Book Retailers Survey identified a total of 1,415 businesses in Australia involved in book retailing. This included 522 bookshops, 875 newsagents and 18 other large retailers (i.e. supermarkets, department stores, etc.) which employed more than 200 staff.