From BookNet Canada:
About three quarters of publishers (72%) considered their company to be healthy at the end of 2019 according to a study commissioned by BookNet Canada. The sixth edition of BookNet Canada’s State of Publishing industry study is newly expanded to provide a more comprehensive overview of the Canadian English-language publishing landscape. It surveys Canadian publishers for a snapshot of the industry as of 2019 and pulls in results from other BookNet Canada research — including our Impact of COVID-19 on Reading survey — to provide a fuller picture of the entire publishing landscape.
Half of surveyed firms grossed over $500,000 in 2019 and half grossed under. Most of the survey respondents, 63%, were small publishers with a 2019 gross revenue of under $1 million CDN. The average number of employees in 2019 for these Canadian publishing firms was 20, with a median of 5 employees.
When asked about industry challenges they would most like to tackle, 63% of publishers indicated they were most interested in hiring and promoting more diverse staff. And while only 31% of publishers offered unconscious bias training to staff in 2019, the remainder of publishers surveyed indicated that they would like to be able to offer that training in the future.
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