June 18, 2021

Canadian e-Books in K-12 Education, 2021

ACP is pleased to announce the release of Canadian eBooks in K-12 Education, a market research report focused on current trends in digital content acquisition in the Canadian school market. The report was developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and a rapidly changing learning and reading landscape.

Since the spring of 2020, Canadian publishers have experienced a significant increase in requests from educators seeking digital content in order to support distance and blended learning. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the role quality educational content plays in supporting student success, and the need for Canadian books to be commercially available in multiple digital formats.

The report includes an environmental scan of the current K-12 market in Canada, an exploration of acquisition and digital licensing models, a snapshot of what is happening in school boards across the country, and a summary of challenges and opportunities for Canadian publishers.

ACP looks forward to reviewing the report’s recommendations with the Children’s & Education Committee, which initiated the research project.

ACP would like to thank research consultants Brian O’Donnell, John Doherty, Martyn Beckett, and Robert Martellacci for their work in preparing the report; and members of the volunteer steering committee, Terrilee Bulger (Nimbus Publishing), Catherine Gerbasi (Portage and Main Press), Ruth Linka (Orca Book Publishers), Deborah Nelson (eBOUND), Brendan Ouellette (Annick Press/eBOUND board liaison), and Rick Wilks (Annick Press) for their advice and oversight of the project.

We thank and acknowledge the Government of Canada through the Canada Book Fund and Ontario Creates for their financial support of this project.