Canadian Book Sales Down 10.8 Percent in Q1 2011

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

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By Hannah Johnson

According to sales data from BookNet Canada, both volume and value of book sales were down compared to Q1 in 2010. The volume of book sales dropped 10.9%, and value (dollars in sales) was down 10.8%.

The hardest hit category was fiction, down 16.9% in volume, followed by non-fiction with a drop of 7.57% and juvenile with -6.35%.

Publishers Weekly reported that the drop was a result of several factors including e-book sales and a tough economic climate, according to BookNet Canada CEO Noah Genner. However, the impact of e-books on print sales cannot be determined right now because Genner said that BNC is still developing a system for reporting e-book sales.

About the Author

Hannah Johnson

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Hannah Johnson is the Publisher of Publishing Perspectives. Before joining PP in 2009, she worked as Project Manager at the German Book Office New York.