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.
Other information on consumer buying habits, sales trends, digital publishing, and more can be found at booknetcanada.ca/bnc-research.