January 23, 2022

A Bit of Data on Book Sales in Canada During First-Half of 2016

From BookNet Canada Blog:

2016-10-06_15-41-23…unit sales were much the same as last year: down only 1.1% for the first half of 2016, compared to the same period in 2015—nothing too dramatic, no big red flags. There’s some comfort to be found in stability.


What formats are readers preferring, you ask? We looked at our consumer surveys to find out, comparing data from the second quarter of 2015 to the same period in 2016. Paperbacks continue to be bought most often, accounting for 54% of all purchases in 2016, down slightly from 55% in the same period last year. Hardcovers placed second, making up 23% of books purchased in 2015, the same share as at the end of the second half of 2016. With 16% of sales in the first half of 2015, ebooks come in third, increasing ever so slightly to 18% for the same period this year. Audiobooks also made small gains in 2016, climbing to 3% from just 2% in 2015.

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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.