Book publishing meets technology at Tech Forum, Canada's largest book publishing conference on March 23, 2018 in Toronto.
A 2017 survey on Canadian leisure time and reading habits from industry non-profit BookNet Canada has found that among adults who had read a book in the previous year, 20% read digital books on their smartphones, which is a 6% increase over last year.
With the first six months of 2017 behind us, we crunch some numbers on sales, format preferences, and and channel distribution in the English-language trade book market in Canada.
A new BookNet Canada report on the state of the digital publishing landscape in Canada finds that 61% of surveyed publishers saw an increase in revenue from digital books in 2016
The $2,500 grand prize in the second annual So You Think You Can Code (SYTYCC) ebook design competition, courtesy of prize sponsor Rakuten Kobo, has been awarded to Kristin Brodeur, Digital Associate Production Editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
The number of print Poetry books sold in Canada in 2016 grew 79% over the previous year, the largest jump of any subject category in that timeframe. While this is largely due to the success of Canadian poet Rupi Kaur's debut collection, Milk and Honey, the subject has been seeing incremental gains over the last few years.
This new research study from industry non-profit BookNet Canada, Deep Dive: The Mystery/Detective Book Buyer, digs deep into the sales trends and consumer habits of one of the biggest genres in Canada to find out how, why, and where Mystery readers buy books.
The print book market in Canada held relatively steady in 2016, with some minor changes in units and value sold, format preferences, and preferred shopping channels. Learn more about the state of the Canadian book market in 2016.
Design and programming skills will be put to the test at ebookcraft 2017 for the second year in a row, as ebook production professionals get ready to compete in So You Think You Can Code (SYTYCC) 2017.
Looking back over the first six months of 2016, when compared to the same period in 2015, print book sales in the trade market have remained relatively flat with a slight 1.1% decrease in units sold, according to data reported by sales tracking service BNC SalesData.
In 2015, 72% of Canadian publishers pointed to accessibility when citing the driving forces behind their digital publishing programs, according to a new report from BookNet Canada. That's a 17% increase over 2014, making it the second-most popular reason behind the need to increase sales.
ebookcraft's first-ever ebook design competition, So You Think You Can Code (SYTYCC), came to a close on March 31 when the 2016 grand prize winner was announced live to an excited crowd of conference attendees. Congratulations are due to Rebecca Springer, who took home the $2,500 cash prize courtesy of Rakuten Kobo, subscriptions to Adobe Creative Cloud and FlightDeck, and eternal nerd glory.
Loan Stars, a new readers' advisory service fuelled by the votes and reviews of Canadian library staff, has officially launched with its first monthly list. The list, featuring the top 10 books being released this May, was generated through a collaborative voting process hosted on e-catalogue service BNC CataList and will be published at loanstars.ca.
The overall print book market in Canada remained relatively steady in 2015, with a 0.8% increase in units sold (52.6 million) and a 1.6% increase in value ($983.4 million) over last year. While fiction saw unit sales fall by 0.9% (accompanied by a 3.5% increase in value), non-fiction books saw unit sales increase by 5.5% and overall value rose by 2.8%.
For ebook designers with the necessary swagger, there are some major prizes at stake this spring at ebookcraft 2016. The inaugural So You Think You Can Code ebook design competition will include a $2,500 cash prize courtesy of e-reading company Rakuten Kobo, alongside a one-year subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($900 value) and a three-month 25-titles-per-month subscription to FlightDeck ($120 value).
From keynote sessions to panels, more than 50% of speakers at Tech Forum 2016 will be women talking about book publishing, technology, and marketing. On March 30-31, ebookcraft, Tech Forum's conference-within-a-conference on ebooks, will also be 50/50 designated for the second year in a row.
The sale of print books in Canada went up in 2015 after several years of downward trends. According to BookNet Canada's sales tracking service, BNC SalesData, unit sales of print books in the Canadian trade market saw a 1% increase over 2014, and the overall dollar value went up by 3%.
The future of ebook design will get competitive this March when designers and developers compete to design the perfect digital book for prizes and nerd glory at ebookcraft 2016. The inaugural So You Think You Can Code competition is open to all attendees and will be judged by a roster of superstar digital production professionals.
Canadian publishers’ digital publishing programs continue to progress, according to a report released today by BookNet Canada. The State of Digital Publishing in Canada 2014 lays out the results of a survey conducted by BookNet Canada in early 2015.