Print book unit sales in Canada were up by 1% in 2015, compared to the previous year, according to sales tracking service BookNet Canada.
The overall dollar value of print books sold, meanwhile, rose by 3%. The data coincides with what indie booksellers reported to PW earlier this month, that many stores’ had solid sales gains in 2015. The increase, BookNet Canada noted, comes after several years of downward trends in print book sales.
According to BookNet the biggest bestseller of the year was Paula Hawkins’ psychological thriller The Girl on the Train. The other top-selling titles were Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See; E.L. James’ Fifty Shades follow-up, Grey; and Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith’s memoir My Secret Sister. Unsurprisingly, four of the top 10 bestsellers were adult coloring books, three of them by Johanna Basford.
E-book sales, meanwhile, have remained relatively unchanged since 2013, accounting for about 17% to 18% of total unit sales.