In First Half of Year, Print Sales Fall 2.7% in Anglophone Canada

In the first six months of 2017, Canadian book buyers spent C$398 million (about US$318.2 million) on English-language printed books, a drop of 2.7% from the first half of 2016, according to a BookNet Canada SalesData survey of 966 Canadian book buyers.

At the same time, those buyers increased their purchases of e-books by 3%. E-books now have 20% of the Canadian English-language market. Paperbacks lead with 51% of that market, followed by hardcovers at 23%.

Online shopping, which includes print book sales and e-book and audiobook downloads, rose to 52% of overall book sales, up from 50% in the same period in 2016. The second-most popular purchasing channel is chain bookstores, with a "fairly steady" 25% market share.

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