According to the ABS (2005a) publication Book Publishers, 2003-04 (cat. no. 1363.0), 234 businesses were predominantly involved in publishing books. There were an additional ten businesses that generated an annual income in excess of $2.0m from book publishing, although their main business activities were in other fields.
At the other end of the distribution chain, 1,572 businesses in Australia were involved in book retailing. This included 561 bookshops, 991 newsagents and 19 other large retailers (i.e. supermarkets, department stores, etc.).