Sigil Was One of the Top Three eBook Making Tools for Canadian Publishers in 2016

Booknet Canada released its free annual report on the state of digital book publishing in Canada today. The report contains their findings from four years of surveying Canadian publishers about their digital publishing efforts.

The 2016 report covers year-over-year trends in ebook conversion, digital revenue, preferred devices, audiobooks, and more.  You can download the free report here.

Here are the highlights:

  • 4% of respondents were self-published
  • 71% of respondents were focused on the trade/consumer market
  • Day & Date release: only 68% said they published the ebook at the same time as the print edition (5% are digital first)
  • Frontlist: 12% manage to get all their new titles out as ebooks
  • Backlist: only a third of respondents had released the majority (75% or more) of their backlist digitally
  • Enhanced eBooks: 64% of respondents released one or more enhanced ebooks or digital originals in 2016
  • Audiobooks: 37% of respondents released audiobooks in 2016, up from 16% in 2015
  • Tools: the top 3 tools for making ebooks were InDesign, outsourcing, and Sigil. The latter replaced Oxygen, which is now tied with MSWord for 4th place.
  • Revenue: 62% saw their ebook revenue increase in 2016
  • Long tail: 46% of titles didn’t sell at all in 2016

You can find the report on the Booknet Canada website.


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1 Comment

  1. Jason van Gumster7 June, 2017

    It’s worth noting here that Sigil *did* get edged out by the “Other” category. A large component of this is likely the use of LaTeX in scholarly work (see the table at the bottom of page 17), though I’m sure the end of 2016 saw an uptick in folks using Vellum.

    Still… it’s nice to see an open source tool with a moderately respectable standing in a report like this.


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