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Survey finds Canadians reading more local authors

In Canada, the government-sponsored organisation BookNet has published the results from a survey of Canadian book buyers’ reading habits, reports Publishers Weekly.

The survey found 44% of Canadian book buyers read a book by a Canadian author in the past year, up from 24% in 2012 when the survey was last conducted. Forty-one percent had also read at least one book on a Canadian subject in the past year, up from 22% in 2012.

Twenty percent of respondents couldn’t name a single Canadian author, which is down from 32% in 2012. The most-mentioned Canadian author was Margaret Atwood, with 37% of book buyers naming Atwood when asked to name a Canadian author.

The survey found that 82% of readers purchase new books, while 43% also receive them as a gifts, 43% borrow them from friends and family, 42% buy used books and 42% borrow books from the library.

From January to June 2017, Canadians bought C$398m (A$400m) worth of English-language print trade books, down 2.7% from last year, according to BNC SalesData. Online sales were up two percent over the same period, accounting for 52% of books sales so far this year. Chain bookstores account for around 25% of book sales.

 

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