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June 2020 Accessible Publishing Research Project (PDF / EPUB)
May 2020 Audiobooks: Building Capacity for Canadian Creation and Publishing, 2020
March 2019 2018 Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey Report / accessible format
July 2018 The Canadian English-Language Book Publishing Industry Profile
December 2017 Net Benefit: Canada’s Policy on Foreign Investment in the Book Industry
March 2017 Digital Trends and Initiatives in Education: The Changing Landscape for Canadian Content
January 2015 Public Opinions on the Value of Books in the English Language Book Sector, Summary Report
June 2012 Consultation on K to 12 Educational Publishing in Canada

 

Accessible Publishing Research Project, 2020

In March 2019, the Government of Canada announced an investment of $22.8 million over five years for the development of an initiative to support the sustainable production and distribution of accessible digital books by Canadian independent publishers. This funding will flow through the Canada Book Fund (Department of Canadian Heritage), with the goal of enhancing capacity so that books are “born accessible” as part of the digital production process. At the invitation of the Canada Book Fund, the Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP) and eBOUND Canada conducted the following research between October 2019 and March 2020 to lay the groundwork for future phases of the national initiative:

i. An analysis of the current landscape for the production and distribution of accessible digital books in Canada, and potential market development for these books in the Canadian English-language market.
ii. Recommendations for the implementation of a national standards and certification program, including defining the characteristics of an accessible digital book.
iii. Development of a national strategy for awareness and training around accessible books for the publishing industry and related sectors.

Download a PDF version of the Accessible Publishing Research Project.

Download an EPUB version of the Accessible Publishing Research Project.

Audiobooks: Building Capacity for Canadian Creation and Publishing, 2020

An invited group of cross-sectoral audiobook professionals took part in a one-day facilitated symposium to discover if there are practical ways in which the participating sectors—publishers, audio artists, studios and trade associations—can work together to raise the visibility, sales, capacity and accessibility of and investment in Canadian-authored, published and produced audiobooks. The symposium’s facilitator, Susan Renouf, prepared the following report on the January 27 audiobook symposium.

Download the Audiobooks: Building Capacity for Canadian Creation and Publishing, 2020 Report.

2018 Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey

In recognition of the under-representation of Indigenous and racialized peoples in the Canadian publishing industry, the ACP’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group conducted a baseline survey to gather information on the composition of Canadian publishing workplaces. The survey establishes a baseline of the Canadian publishing industry and aims to identify challenges and opportunities with respect to building diverse and inclusive workplaces.

Download the 2018 Canadian Book Publishing Diversity Baseline Survey Report or in an accessible format.

The Canadian English-Language Book Publishing Industry Profile, 2018

ACP engaged with Nordicity to conduct an economic impact and industry profile study of the Canadian English-language publishing industry. The purpose of this study is to establish baseline indicators of the size, structure and economic impact of the industry.

Download The Canadian English-Language Book Publishing Industry Profile, Nordicity, 2018

Net Benefit: Canada’s Policy on Foreign Investment in the Book Industry

ACP commissioned this report as a longitudinal study of Canadian government policy on foreign investment in the book industry. The report focuses on the policy’s current iteration, the Revised Foreign Investment Policy in Book Publishing and Distribution (1992). It examines the policy’s implementation by successive governments over the past 25 years, summarizes the resulting impacts on the domestic book industry, and analyzes the policy’s effectiveness in achieving its objectives. The report concludes with broad observations about the policy’s use and abuse by both Conservative and Liberal governments in the past.

Download Net Benefit: Canada’s Policy on Foreign Investment in the Book Industry, Roy MacSkimming, 2017

Digital Trends and Initiatives in Education: The Changing Landscape for Canadian Content 

The Association of Canadian Publishers commissioned this report to better understand the digital trends and initiatives in education and how these trends and initiatives are impacting the acquisition ans use of Canadian content in the K-12 and post-secondary sectors.

Download Digital Trends and Initiatives in Education: The Changing Landscape for Canadian Content, by Susan Howell and Brian O’Donnell, March 2017.

Public Opinion on the Value of Books in the English Language Book Sector

The Book Strategy Group, an ad hoc committee representing the interests of Canadian writers and publishers, commissioned research to reveal current attitudes of English-speaking Canadians about the cultural and economic value of written works. The research explores matters of pricing, copyright law, file-sharing, ownership and lending models, as well as views on Canadian content, and assessments of knowledge and valuation of self-published books and traditionally published books. This research will be used to provide direction to the book industry in its efforts to better engage key influencers and to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of Canadian publishers and writers.

Five documents comprise the research:

Summary Report
Report on Usage and Value
Marketing, Library Usage, Illegal Downloading and Publishing
Public Opinion on the Value of Books in the Education Book Sector
Appendix Material: Consultation Instruments

Book Study Group members: Access Copyright, Association of Canadian Publishers,Canadian Educational Resources Council, Canadian Publishers’ Council, Literary Press Group of Canada, Professional Writers Association of Canada, The Writers’ Union of Canada.

We acknowledge the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Media Development Corporation.

Consultation on K to 12 Educational Publishing in Canada

Download Consultation on K to 12 Educational Publishing in Canada, by Glenn Rollans and Simon de Jocas, 2012.