Slight increase of book sales in 2013

Québec, September 30, 2014 – In 2013, book sales increased 1.5% to $688 million, following a 4.1% drop in 2012. With the exception of independent bookstores, most outlet categories recorded higher book sales. This was revealed in the bulletin Les ventes de livres de 2009 à 2013, published today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Chain bookstores and school bookstores recorded respective increases of 3.4% and 6.4% in 2013, while independent bookstores saw their sales drop 7.0%. From 2009 to 2013, the average annual growth of books sales of all bookstores was slightly negative  (-0.5%).

Direct sales from publishers to consumers increased by 3.2%, marking the end of a downward period caused by decreases in educational publishing.

Annual sales of books per capita went from $57 in 2009 to $54 in 2013.

This information was taken from issue No. 35 of Optique Culture, which is available on the OCCQ website.


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