October 29, 2020

New Data From BookNet Canada: “2020 Library Use And Book Buying in Canada Half-Year Review”

From BookNet Canada:

At a glance, we found that from 2018 through mid-2020, the percentage of borrowers has lowered 1% each year; going from 28% in 2018 to 26% in the first half of 2020. In comparison, the percentage of buyers has slightly increased from 21% in 2018 to 24% in 2019 before falling slightly to 22% so far in 2020.

When we surveyed 6,244 Canadians about their borrowing and buying habits during 2019 we found that:

  • 26% borrowed at least one book;

  • 22% bought at least one book (36% of those buyers also borrowed a book); and

  • 8% both borrowed and bought books.

Book buyers who visited the library at least once in the last month bought an average of 3.4 books which is more than what buyers who hadn’t visited the library bought in the last month (2.6 books).

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Gary Price 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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