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Print book sales were up in 2015

Toronto, ON – Jan. 19, 2016 – The Girl on the Train and adult colouring books led the pack in unit sales

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 number one bestseller in 2015 was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, followed by Pulitzer Prize-winner All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Grey by E.L. James, and My Secret Sister by Jenny Lee Smith. Meanwhile, four of the top 10 bestsellers were adult colouring books, including three from Johanna Basford.

According to BookNet's consumer studies, sales of ebooks have meanwhile remained relatively steady at 17-18% of market share since 2013.

A more detailed report on the state of the Canadian print trade market will be released later this year, titled The Canadian Book Market 2015. Details will go up at when it is released. Also coming up is a report on discoverability trends, Where Canadians Buy Books, and the 2015 edition of The State of Digital Publishing in Canada.

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We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund (CBF) for this project. / Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier du gouvernement du Canada par l’entremise du Fonds du livre du Canada (FLC) pour ce projet.

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