January 22, 2021

BookNet Canada Releases: “The State of Publishing in Canada 2019”

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.

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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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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.

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