Canadian Bricks-and-Mortar Book Sales Dip Slightly in 2013

[Press Release]

Total Market Slightly Down

BookNet Canada’s Annual Market Report Released

BookNet Canada has released the 2013 edition of its annual market report, The Canadian Book Market. The report compares English-language print book sales in 2013 to 2012, and includes market stats, in-depth data for over 50 categories, and pricing and format trends.

Unit sales across the total market in 2013 were down by 3.41% compared to 2012. However, some categories were stronger in 2013 than the previous year: unit sales increased by 5.57% for juvenile non-fiction and 21.91% for biography and autobiography. In addition, sales figures in The Canadian Book Market do not include ebook sales, nor online sales of print books, so the overall book market may be healthier than reflected.

For more information and to purchase the report, please visit

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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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