Global Electronic Dictionary Market 2016-2020

  • Published: Aug 2016
  • Pages: 57
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This industry research report identifies Casio Computer as the key vendor in the global electronic dictionary market. This research report also presents a competitive analysis of the market by the key regions such as APAC and EMEA. The report also gives a comprehensive analysis of the primary growth drivers, trends, and challenges of this market.

Overview of the global electronic dictionary market

Market research analysts at Technavio have predicted that the global electronic dictionary market will post a revenue of about USD 104 million by 2020. This market research analysis identifies the increased demand for personalized learning as one of the primary factors that will have a positive impact on the growth of the digital dictionary market during the forecast period. Advances in mobile technologies will lead to a shift from the traditional models of classroom settings. Modern technology-based education caters to a diverse learner base with varying skill sets. Mobile technology uses formative assessments to provide constructive insights about individual students and has led to the evolution of advanced, personalized, and student-oriented teaching tools. Moreover, electronic dictionaries also promote collaborative learning, where students can communicate with each other by forming study groups, seek advice from experts, and also request guidance from teachers to compete tasks.

Following the introduction of the Internet and mobile apps, digital games are also being employed for edutainment, which combines learning and entertainment. Gamification combines educational games with mobile apps and facilitates a gamified learning environment. It is used as a method to foster creativity and collaboration among students through interactive and engaging content. This will emerge as one of the major trends in the market and will induce electronic English dictionary vendors to adopt this gaming-based m-learning technique and invest in developing games for users during the predicted period.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The electronic dictionary market appears to be saturated and is moving toward consolidation. The vendor competition in the market is very high and is expected to increase over the next few years. The availability of few customers in the market, rapid advancements in technology, and the high availability of alternate mobile devices are identified to be major factors that are likely to intensify the competition among electronic dictionary manufacturers. As a result of the reducing demand for electronic dictionaries, the market will also witness few vendors stopping production.

The leading vendor in the market is -

  • Casio Computer

The other prominent vendors in the market are Canon Electronic Business Machines, ECTACO, Inventec Besta, Instadict, Noah Technology Holding, P.T. Freshindo Marketama, and Sharp Electronics.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the electronic dictionary market

  • APAC
  • EMEA

This market study estimates that in terms of geography, APAC will account for more than 81% of the total share of the market by 2020 and will also dominate the electronic dictionary market throughout the forecast period. The rapid growth of e-learning market in the region will fuel the growth of the market in the coming years. Moreover, countries in this region are in the initial stages of implementing digital infrastructure in the K-12 educational segment, which will contribute to the continuous demand for electronic dictionaries from students. Also, the rising number of foreign universities forming alliances to deliver online courses will also have a positive impact on the growth of the market in the next four years.

Growth drivers, challenges, and upcoming trends: Outsourcing of e-learning content

Outsourcing the requirement for e-learning content eliminates the need for skilled personnel, reduces operational costs, and also consumes less time. As a result, a number of educational software providers will start outsourcing their content requirements to professional service providers. Additionally, these agencies also provide customized services as per customer requirements and this enables software providers to manage, store, reuse, and renew the content effectively and cost-efficiently. This will lead to the abundant availability of e-learning content and will subsequently increase the demand for digital English dictionaries.

This report provides a number of factors contributing to the adoption, limitations, and opportunities of the electronic dictionaries market. It also offers an analysis of each factor and an estimation of the extent to which the factors are likely to impact the overall market growth.

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the electronic dictionary market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the electronic dictionary market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the electronic dictionary market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the electronic dictionary market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the APAC and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the electronic dictionary market?

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An electronic dictionary, or an e-dictionary, is a dictionary in which the data exists in a digital format, and can be accessed through variable media channels. E-dictionaries are available in different forms – apps on smart devices, built-in function in an E-reader, and CD and DVD-ROMs. Electronic dictionary databases contain nearly 500,000 definitions, headwords, verb and conjugation table, and a reference section on grammar. Sharp was the very first organization to develop the electronic dictionary in the currently available form. The first electronic dictionary, IQ-3000, featured definitions and search options for close to 5,000 Japanese words and about 2,800 foreign words.

The report, global electronic dictionary market, is part of Technavio’s hardware and semiconductor research portfolio. This portfolio provides a comprehensive market analysis along with the market share, market sizing, and market segmentations covering areas such as computing devices, displays, embedded systems, human machine interface, lighting, semiconductor equipment, and sensors. These market research reports provide a perspective on the various market opportunities and market threats along with the key trends that would influence the market growth during the forecast period. It presents insights into the changing competitive landscape and a detailed profiling and market analysis of the vendors. Also covered in the research are the key regions or countries that would have an impact on the market during the assessment years.

Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of the report

  • Market overview
  • Common currency conversion rates

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Industry overview

  • Definitions
  • Increased penetration of broadband
  • Strategic approach to flexible and online learning
  • Cost reduction
  • Advent of blended learning
  • Lack of proper IT infrastructure
  • Lack of expert providers of smart classrooms
  • Security, privacy, and legal issues
  • Issues related to data and progress monitoring
  • Copyright issues
  • Lack of technical skills
  • Social attitudes against m-learning
  • Weak execution strategies
  • High cost of implementation
  • Faculty recruitment and training
  • Rising need for knowledgeable workforce
  • Venture capital investments
  • Growing internet penetration
  • Advances in content development technologies
  • Emergence of new standard HTML
  • Increase in m-learning
  • Growing demand for MOOC
  • Popularity of gamification in e-learning
  • Increased use of smart software
  • Increased adoption of learning analytics
  • Use of smart boards in classrooms
  • Learning through social media
  • Cloud-based m-learning
  • Big data for mobile-based learning
  • Augmented reality for mobiles
  • Mobile assessment

PART 06: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 07: Geographical segmentation

  • Electronic dictionary market in APAC
  • Electronic dictionary market in EMEA

PART 08: Summary of key figures

PART 09: Market drivers

  • Growing need for interactive learning methods
  • Need to make learning accessible irrespective of geographic constraints
  • Increased demand for personalized learning

PART 10: Impact of drivers

PART 11: Market challenges

  • Increased use of mobile devices in education
  • Low digital literacy rate and lack of digital fluency
  • Device limitations
  • Reluctance to shift from traditional learning
  • Threat of disruptive innovations

PART 12: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 13: Market trends

  • Outsourcing of e-learning content
  • Government initiatives
  • Gaming-based m-learning

PART 14: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Prominent vendors
  • Other prominent vendors

PART 15: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 16: Explore Technavio

Research Framework

Technavio presents a detailed picture of the market by way of study, synthesis, and summation of data from multiple sources. The analysts have presented the various facets of the market with a particular focus on identifying the key industry influencers. The data thus presented is comprehensive, reliable, and the result of extensive research, both primary and secondary.


Primary sources

  • Manufacturers and suppliers
  • Channel partners
  • Industry experts
  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

  • Industry journals and periodicals
  • Government data
  • Financial reports of key industry players
  • Historical data
  • Press releases


Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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