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Canadian Print Book Sales Rise 1% During 2015, Ebook Sales Remain Steady

The sale of print books in Canada went up in 2015 after several years of downward trends. According to BookNet Canada’s sales tracking service, BNC SalesData, unit sales of print books in the Canadian trade market saw a 1% increase over 2014, and the overall dollar value went up by 3%.

The number one bestseller in 2015 was The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, followed by Pulitzer Prize-winner All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Grey by E.L. James, and My Secret Sister by Jenny Lee Smith. Meanwhile, four of the top 10 bestsellers were adult colouring books, including three from Johanna Basford.

According to BookNet’s consumer studies, sales of ebooks have meanwhile remained relatively steady at 17-18% of market share since 2013.