Singapore’s publishing industry can be broadly classified into the following segments:
This segment is an indispensable complement to the nation’s formal education system. Written mostly by qualified and experienced MOE teachers, textbooks, assessment books, readers and supplementary materials catering to a wide range of students are always in constant and growing demand.
This segment comprises books published for a general audience, in other words, books that a consumer would find in a traditional bookstore: romance novels, thrillers, biographies, cookbooks, history and children’s book. The gradual progression from print to new media (ebooks and audiobooks) has notably revitalised this category of publications.
Professional and STM (Science, Technical and Medical)
This segment of the industry takes a strong foothold in Singapore where post-graduate education and academic research receive special recognition. Textbooks and journals documenting authoritative and ground-breaking research by STM, finance and business scholars and practitioners constitute the backbone of academia. Therefore, Singapore’s regional and global importance in scientific and technological research and innovation will keep this segment vibrant and in good demand.