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New Insights into the Canadian Print Book Sector

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According to new research introduced by BookNet Canada, two out of every five print books in Canada belonged to either Juvenile or Young Adult (YA). Meanwhile, libros fantasia become also more and more popular among people of different age categories. Non-fiction and fiction sales happen to be fairly similar between the English and French Canadian sectors, estimating at approximately 34-35% and 25%, respectively.

The best-selling books on the local market

As long as Juvenile & YA books keep taking over the print book sector, non-fiction books were involved in the top list of English-language books of the past year. The best-selling piece of work written by a Canadian-owned publisher was Yum and Yummer by cookbook author Greta Podleski.

Furthermore, the Political Science sector demonstrated an 87.5% increase in unit sales, so the titles like Fear by Bob Woodward and Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff dominate the list. Other Non-Fiction sectors that had the growth were House & Home (58%) and Psychology (42%).

Apart from the fiction books, unit sales in the Asian American sub-genre increased by 384% thanks to Kevin Kwan's Crazy Rich Asians. This story was adapted into a movie in 2018, which received mainly positive reviews. The Media Tie-In sub-genre also had a good performance, growing 117% with credit to David Baldacci and Robert Galbraith. Interestingly, the sales for Women Fiction books reached over 20%, buoyed by Lisa Jewell's Then She Was Gone.

Closing note

BookNet Canada's official publication reports aims to address sales value, sales volume, and number of ISBNs maintained by BNC SalesData. The report turned out to be a short guide to more than 50 subject categories, involving year-over-year comparative data, market share for Canadian-owned publishers, the top sellers in each sector, price-point research, and top-level data on consumer buying behavior, involving format distribution. If you want to know more, you can also have a look at the statistics offered on the BookNet Canada Blog for total volume and value distributed within the year.

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