In the first quarter of 2013, the overall print market was down in both volume and value. All categories were in decline but this quarter, it was juvenile books that dipped the lowest.
In 2012, the Canadian trade market for print books experienced a dip. This is not unexpected as ebooks gain popularity among readers. According to BookNet Canada’s market research in 2012 approximately 15% of books purchased were ebooks.
In the fourth quarter of 2012, the overall market was down in both volume and value when compared to Q4 2011. All categories were in decline but non-fiction continues to be the hardest hit.
In the third quarter of 2012, the overall market is down in volume and value when compared to Q3 2011. All categories experienced a dip but non-fiction was the most affected. Fiction and juvenile volumes were down more than values—fiction sales were almost even with last year’s third quarter in terms of dollars.
Will Ferguson’s novel, 419, is taking off since he won the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize. According to BNC SalesData, sales of 419 have increased over 900% in the three weeks since it won the prize on October 30, 2012 compared to sales before the announcement.