BookNet Canada wants you!

Join our nimble, creative team working at the intersection of books and technology.

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    Our mission

    We are a not-for-profit agency dedicated to coordinating technological change for Canada’s book industry. We develop technology, standards, and education that make it easier for our stakeholders to promote and sell books, reach new audiences, and ride the ever-cresting wave of new technology. Our customers are spread throughout the industry and come in all shapes and sizes, from independent booksellers to multi-national publishing houses. We're a small, dedicated team of developers, project managers, and publishing pros making up, as The Globe and Mail puts it, "the book industry's supply chain nerve centre."

    Working at BookNet

    We have a serious commitment to work/life balance and our office environment is super important to us. We work out of a beautiful converted factory space in one of Toronto’s greenest office buildings in the heart of Queen West/Spadina — Green roof! Bike parking! Dark Horse Espresso Bar!

    For contract and full-time employees, we offer medical and dental benefits, summer hours, flexible work times, RSP matching, and employer-sponsored volunteerism. We also know how to have fun, including baseball, curling, axe throwing, bowling, movies, and of course books!

    Project Coordinator

    We're looking for a process-oriented book aficionado with a love of data and software to help coordinate our growing roster of projects. You will be helping the BookNet Canada team deliver industry-driven solutions that support the discovery and sale of books by retailers, libraries, and book buyers/readers. The ability to multi-task and assist in bringing order to the chaos is a must; experience in book retailing and/or libraries is a definite benefit.

    Six-month contract with possibility of extension

    Core responsibilities

    • Communicate BookNet's offerings to current and potential customers
    • Help to establish BookNet’s authority as a thought leader
    • Work closely with the library and retail communities; solicit new customers and provide support with onboarding
    • Assist in managing the Loan Stars project along with any other related project

    Community management/marketing support

    • Assist with the development and execution of strategies for BookNet's external communication channels for specific projects
      • Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Goodreads, Tumblr, YouTube, podcast, blog, e-newsletters
    • Write or solicit content as needed
    • Design graphics as needed

    BookNet research

    • Assist with writing and promoting research reports 
    • Conduct in-depth data gathering, analysis, and visualization in Excel for the creation of research reports and blog posts as needed

    Project support

    • Provide technical assistance to management and senior project managers
    • Assist with software release activities
    • Track project metrics
    • Perform related work as assigned

    Application information

    This contract position starts as soon as possible and runs for six months, with the possibility of renewal.

    Applications are due as soon as possible. Apply by e-mail only, attaching PDFs of both a resume and cover letter to with the email subject “Project Coordinator”.

    Due to the volume of applicants, we will only contact those candidates selected for an interview.

    Research Intern – January 2018

    You could be put to work on any of the following: helping us analyze important trends in Canadian bookselling; studying the impact of media and awards on book sales; compiling publisher and category market share for our annual publication, The Canadian Book Market; as well as testing new feature developments across our portfolio of surreally popular services for the entire book industry.

    What's in it for you?

    Marketable skills. Increasingly, a love of books and a publishing certificate aren’t enough. Publishers want their new hires to have the skills that allow them to be put to work immediately and that means a proven ability to combine creativity, technology and analysis. Data analysis and management, digitization, e-books, blogs, social networks, ONIX—why not learn them at BookNet Canada, the source of all things technological?

    Money! It’s one of the best-paid internship positions in the industry. We’re of the “get paid for interesting work” school of internships, rather than the “run a photocopier for free” school. How does $2,300 per month sound?

    Qualifications – Please read carefully!

    • College diploma or equivalent current course study in a Publishing program
    • A strong interest in the intersection of books and technology. If you want to be in sales, marketing, distribution, procurement, or operations, this will definitely come in handy.
    • An excellent grasp of Microsoft Excel. You need to be comfortable enough to learn quickly and painlessly.
    • High tolerance for painstaking research and strong problem-solving skills.
    • Flexible and adaptable. Well-organized and attentive to detail. We’re working on many projects at any given time and you could get pulled into any of them.
    • Courage to speak up and voice an opinion, more courage to not be afraid to ask the dumb question. (If you aren’t asking at least four a day, how can you learn?)

    Application information

    This position runs from Jan. 8 to April 27, 2018 with the possibility of renewal.

    Applications are due Nov. 30, 2017. Apply by e-mail only, attaching PDFs of both a resume and cover letter to with the email subject “Intern Position – January 2018”.

    Due to the volume of applicants, we will only contact those candidates selected for an interview.

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