January 28, 2022

New Online: Report on the Book-Buying Habits of Canadians, Library Usage Also Discussed

Here’s a new report from BookNet Canada.

Note: pages 23-24 that provide findings re: “Library Use.”

From the BookNet Canada Blog:

Canadian book buyers across the country have a lot in common. We buy more print books than ebooks, we almost always pay full price, and we’re most likely to discover our books online, though we prefer to buy them in-store.

But some interesting discrepancies do arise in our latest consumer study, Coast to Coast: Book-Buyers Across Canada, among book buyers from Western Canada, the Prairies, Central Canada, and the Maritimes.

For instance:

  • Only 13% of Atlantic Canadians are likely to purchase ebooks, compared to 17% overall.
  • Central Canadians are the most likely to thoroughly plan their purchase: both which title to buy and when to buy it (35%).
  • Readers in the Prairies are most likely to know they can borrow ebooks from their local library (65%).
  • Western Canadians are slightly more likely to buy non-fiction than fiction (49% vs. 46%) whereas all other regions buy fiction first.

Direct to Full Text Report (3o pages; PDF)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.