The Canadian market for ebooks remains steady, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. Findings in The Canadian Book Consumer 2012: An Annual Report show that paperback books (including mass markets) comprised 58% of all purchases in 2012. Hardcover made up 24% and ebooks 15%.
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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.
The acting Board of Directors for Thema (a Board created to support the Thema Global Subject Scheme standard) announced at the London Book Fair today that a pilot draft of the Thema standard has been published. The Thema standard is intended to provide a single unified scheme for the categorization of book content for the global book trade.
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.