Book sales down in 2014 and in the first half of 2015

Québec, September 18, 2015 – Book sales decreased from $688 million in 2013 to $622 million in 2014, a 10% decline. This drop was mainly due to weak mass market and chain bookstore sales, although all segments of the market were down. These statistics were released today by the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec (OCCQ) of the Institut de la statistique du Québec.

Superstore book sales fell by 24% compared with 2013, while chain bookstore sales declined by 17%. Sales by independent bookstores decreased by 3%.

In the first half of 2015, book sales were down 7% compared with the same period in 2014. While mass market book sales continued to plummet (-21%), the decline in sales by chain bookstores slowed substantially (-2%). On the other hand, sales by independent bookstores fell 7%.

These statistics come from the bulletin Optique Culture No. 43 – Les ventes de livres en 2014, which is available on the website of the Observatoire de la culture et des communications du Québec.


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