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 BNC Press Room
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.
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.