Last year, sales of English-language print books in Canada were C$984 million (about US$731 million) and amounted to 50 million units, according to BookNet Canada's annual sales report, The Canadian Book Market 2016.
A striking trend was the rapid growth of poetry books, which grew 79% last year, "largely due to the success of Canadian poet Rupi Kaur's debut collection, Milk and Honey," which was published by Andrews McMeel last year. Poetry had grown 10% in 2015, 8% in 2014 and 5% in 2013. Poetry accounts now accounts for 0.37% of the print book market in Canada.
Other categories that grew significantly in 2016 were transportation, up 28%; literary collections, 14%; thrillers, 9%; comics and graphic novels, 7%; and cooking, 6%.
Children's books account for 39% of the market, a share that was boost by the popularity of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the bestselling book of 2016 in Canada.
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