Third quarter ‘brick and mortar’ book sales have dropped by comparison to this time last year, according to BookNet Canada. Data obtained from 665 Canadian retail locations indicate an overall 6.4% drop in dollar value and a drop of 9.5% in unit sales.

Canadian Book Sales Category StatisticsEbook and Online Sales Blamed for Drop in Canadian Book Store Sales

  • Nonfiction took the biggest hit with a drop of 12.4% in unit sales
  • Fiction staggered with a 7.1% drop in unit sales
  • Children’s unit book sales declined 10.1%

BookNet CEO, Noah Genner, told Publishers Weekly that the shift to online shopping and eBook purchases are to blame for a significant portion of the drop in offline book store sales. Their surveys show more Canadians purchasing eBooks and eReaders, with minor quarterly fluctuations. That number is expected to increase significantly as more Canadians find eBook readers, tablets, and eBook gift cards under the tree in the final quarter.

This is encouraging news for infopreneurs, digital publishers and those who sell books and eBooks online in Canada. Canadian readers are embracing digital media and online shopping, which presents a variety of new online opportunities.

Comment on Canadians Internet BusinessI buy both print and ebooks, but I admit to preferring print. Do you prefer print or electronic books?

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3 Responses to "Ebook and Online Sales Blamed for Drop in Canadian Offline Book Sales ©"

  1. Tanya R.  May 30, 2013

    I like the idea of doing both online and offline book selling and the local angle is a great idea too. i like how you think!

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  2. Missy  December 30, 2012

    I like paper books better for most things but I buy ebooks when I know I won’t read it again to save the environment. There’s also a lot of free ebooks and no free print ones.

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  3. Lyle  December 28, 2012

    The only competition stores ever had was maybe a library. Books are expensive and times are changing.

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