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.