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


Hannah Johnson is the publisher of international book industry magazine Publishing Perspectives, which provides daily information and news about book markets around the world. In addition to building partnerships with international cultural and trade organizations, she works with the Frankfurt Book Fair to organize and support a number of its overseas initiatives. Hannah has also worked as the managing editor for an online media company, The Hooch Life, focused on craft distillers and cocktail experts. Prior to that, she worked as a project manager for the Frankfurt Book Fair’s New York office, managing various business and marketing activities.