Print book sales in Canada remain flat in 2018
Print book sales in Canada have remained flat in 2018, with backlist books still dominating the market (60%) and nonfiction sales up slightly more than fiction, the same as in 2017.
According to a report published by BookNet Canada, Canadian publishers sold 54.7 million print books in 2018 for just over C$1.13 billion (A$1.18b), up slightly from last year. ‘Juvenile fiction’ (including young adult) slightly decreased its share of the market to 39.5% (down from 40% in 2017), while fiction sales decreased by 0.5% and nonfiction rose by 1.5%.
The top seller of the year was Becoming (Michelle Obama, Viking), with only seven weeks of sales, followed by The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F’*ck (Mark Manson, Macmillan), which was Canada’s bestselling book of 2017. The next highest selling titles were 12 Rules for Life (Jordan B Peterson, Allen Lane), Educated (Tara Westover, Windmill), and The Wonky Donkey (Craig Smith, Scholastic). Australian author Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo) was number nine on the Canadian bestseller list for 2018.
The findings are drawn from BookNet Canada’s sales tracking service, BNC SalesData, which tracks year-on-year changes in the English-language print book market.
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