For the second year in a row, unit sales in the Poetry category increased significantly, thanks in no small part to Canadian poet Rupi Kaur.
Print book sales in the Canadian trade market fell in 2017, dropping by 4% in units sold and 3% in value sold compared to 2016. Overall, Canadian book buyers purchased 51.5 million print books for just over $1 billion in 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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%.