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Adult colouring books provide boost for Non-Fiction in 2015

Toronto, ON – March 21, 2016 – The 2015 edition of The Canadian Book Market has been released

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%. This jump is largely owing to adult colouring books in the Games and Art subject categories. Those categories saw significant increases, with Games selling 309.5% more units compared to 2014 and Art selling 163.1% more units. Across the whole market, titles in the Games category accounted for 3.1% of all units sold.

The House & Home subject category also saw a significant increase in units sold (112.2%), owing to the success of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo.

The top-selling book in Canada, however, was a fiction juggernaut: Doubleday Canada's The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. The other top-selling books across the whole market were (in order): All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr; Grey by E.L. James; My Secret Sister by Jenny Lee Smith and Helen Edwards; and Secret Garden and Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford.

Juvenile titles, meanwhile, saw a 1.1% decrease in units sold over last year, accounting for 37.1% of all units sold in Canada. The top-selling juvenile title, Old School by Jeff Kinney, was also the top-selling hardcover title overall in 2015.

The Canadian Book Market 2015 compares English-language print book sales in 2015 to 2014, and includes market stats, in-depth data for over 50 subject categories, and pricing and format trends. Sales figures do not include ebook sales. For more information and to purchase the report, please visit

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