The history of print book sales in Canada in 2020 mirrors the story of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic in some ways: Print book sales have declined overall, but some categories including games, l education and thrillers, saw increased sales last year, according to the latest research from BookNet Canada.
BookNet annual market overview, The Canadian Book Market 2020, was released this week. The report found that although the value of print book sales fell 5.3% from 2019 when using a set of same store, there were some categories that saw growth over the year. former.
Echoing the activities Canadians turned to when trapped inside during a month of confinement last spring, English-language books in categories such as games, education and thrillers saw their sales to augment.
In another reflection of the effects of the pandemic on daily life, sales of printed books have fallen by more than 40% in travel and the study of foreign languages.
Although sales of children’s non-fiction books declined slightly from 2019, the category increased its market share from 8.8% to 9.4% of the overall market, according to the report.
More than half of all printed book purchases in 2020 – 65% – were made online.
that of Barack Obama A promised land was the best-selling book overall, and that of Jeanine Cummings American Dirt: a novel was the bestseller in fiction. that of Robert Munsch I love you forever was the best-selling title from a Canadian publisher.
The report includes detailed information on book sales in Canada in more than 50 categories as well as information on how consumers find books.
BookNet Canada is a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards and education for the Canadian book industry.