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Book Sales in Review

Year Over Year, Canadian Book Sales Up in 2009 in Both Value and Volume


TORONTO – February 16, 2010 Canadian book sales in 2009 remained strong with book sales 4% higher in dollars and 1% higher in units than 2008.

Fiction and Juvenile increased significantly in the last year, perhaps due to the remarkable performance of authors like Dan Brown and Stephenie Meyer.

Fiction saw the highest increase in dollars with growth of 10.67%. Juvenile saw the largest year over year increase in units at +5.30% while Nonfiction was down compared to 2008 in both volume and value (-7.45% and -4.21% respectively).

All figures for this report have been drawn from BookNet Canada’s national book sales tracking system, BNC SalesData, using the year-over-year sales from a fixed panel of 665 retail locations. BNC SalesData tracks approximately 75% of the Canadian book market with data from over 1,000 retail sources, including chains, independents, online, college/university stores, and non-traditional bookstores, such as specialty and discount stores.

For more market analysis and information on BookNet Canada and BNC SalesData, please visit BookNet Canada’s website at

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About BookNet Canada

BookNet Canada is the not-for-profit agency created by the Canadian book industry and the Department of Canadian Heritage to facilitate improvements in the book industry supply chain. It provides services and develops standards and certification in areas including electronic commerce via EDI (Electronic Document Interchange), bibliographic data, and analysis of point-of-sales and other supply chain data. BookNet acknowledges the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund for its initiatives.