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Canadian Book Sales Slip in Q3

December 10, 2012

According to analysis by BookNet, sales of print books in Canada slipped nearly 10 percent in the third quarter this year compared to a year ago.

Unit sales slipped 9.5 percent while dollar value fell 6.4 percent. The numbers are based by the tracking of 665 retail locations across the country.

The break-down of the segments are as follows:

Total market (All):
Volume: -9.54% 
Value: -6.42%

Fiction (All):
Volume: -7.12%
Value: -0.31%

Non-Fiction (All):
Volume: -12.36%
Value: -13.06%

Juvenile (All):
Volume: -10.13%
Value: -6.03%

A recent study, also by Booknet, found that e-books were not entirely to blame, as over the first three quarters of 2012, it saw a decline from 17.55% of its 1,000 readers surveyed who purchased an e-book in the first quarter to 14.16% in the third quarter. 

BookNet is a non-profit organization founded in 2002 for the Canadian book industry.

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