May 23, 2022

New Report: The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2017 (5th Annual Edition)

From Booknet Canada:

This year’s study is the fifth annual edition of The State of Digital Publishing in Canada.


When it comes to unit sales of books in Canada, according to our quarterly consumer surveying, 18.6% of purchases in 2017 were ebooks. This is a slight increase from 2016, when ebook sales made up 16.9% of purchases. At the same time, the number of publishers producing ebooks also increased: 94% of publishers reported that they are currently producing ebooks, up 3% from 2016 (91%).

The number of ebooks with sales has also grown since 2016, although we changed our methodology slightly in the 2017 survey. In previous years, we asked publishers to report the number of ebooks with sales in the Canadian market over the last 12 months. This year, however, we asked them for an overall percentage. Keeping this in mind, we found that 30% of ebooks had no sales in Canada in 2017, while 46% had no sales in 2016.


Audiobooks are still thriving, with production in Canada seeing continuous growth over the past three years. In 2015, only 16% of firms were producing digital audiobooks, while in 2017, that number has shot up to 61%.

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