E-Book Tracking in the Canadian Market: What’s in the Works

Some of you may have seen the recent Quill and Quire article discussing the fact that BookNet Canada is undertaking an initiative to collect statistics on the sale of e-books in Canada. Right now BookNet actually has two e-book initiatives underway:

1. E-Book Sales Research: As discussed in the Quill article, BookNet Canada is currently surveying publishers to develop tracking of aggregated e-book sales directly from publishers by the end of the year. This is a market view (not by individual title) that will give the industry valuable information on the state of e-books in Canada.

Publishers are able to participate in this survey here. The survey will be available until October 5, 2011. If you’re company hasn’t responded yet, make sure you’ve got a point person working on it.

2. E-Book SalesData Reporting: We are also recruiting and working with e-book retailers to provide detailed title-level e-book reporting through BNC SalesData. We are in discussions with retailers and are currently building a platform to report e-book sales in Canada. But this will take a bit more time to launch.

Why the two initiatives?

We want to give you some e-book data ASAP. Getting title-level e-book data into SalesData is a long process, but that doesn’t mean we can’t give you information sooner. The e-book sales research can move ahead quickly. BNC will give participants strategic actionable market-level data in return for their contributions—hopefully in just a few months!

For more information please contact Pamela Millar at pmillar@booknetcanada.ca