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The Trade Publishers' Group deals with issues relevant to the publishing and distribution of general interest adult and children's material such as the changing retail climate, and provincial and federal legislation that impacts members' firms and/or their customers. We act as a liaison between the bookselling and library communities, their respective national and regional associations, and allied organizations to promote and protect the interests of our members.

Gathering and disseminating information useful to member firms is also an important function of the Group. In addition, the Group provides detailed membership statistics on a monthly basis.

Board of Directors: 
Tracy Turriff - Penguin Random House

Therese Garnett - John Wiley & Sons

David Millar - Simon & Schuster

Shelley Tangney- HarperCollins Canada

Kathy Goncharenko - Scholastic Canada

Beth Lockley - Penguin Random House


Tips for Book Buyers


Look at community, national and regional bestsellers lists.


Look at book reviews in newspapers; magazines.


Ask booksellers what is hot in specific areas - cooking; gardening; self-help.


Think about book and movie tie-ins


Ask what is new in the person's life who you are buying for - new baby; new house; travel on the horizon


What hobbies does the person have?


If you know a favourite author go and search on the web for other books by that author or similar in story line - help create a library for your friend or relative


Puzzle or trivia books often hit the mark


Children's books with activities


Ask a librarian or teacher what is current for a certain age group

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First Canadian study confirms link between school libraries, reading, and student achievement

The school library advocates across Canada welcome the findings of a new study that confirms well-stocked, professionally managed school libraries deliver results for kids.

The Ontario Library Association study conducted by Queen's University researchers and People for Education shows that in elementary schools with teacher-librarians, children enjoy reading more and perform better on standardized reading tests.

The Ontario Coalition for School Libraries is calling on provincial governments to begin reviewing all school library policies and funding levels to ensure that such programs are recognized as a core pillar of the education system.

Colleen O'Neill, Executive Director for Trade & Higher Education of the Canadian Publishers' Council, stressed the importance of such a study.  "The need to continue to measure student success throughout the continuum of education will most definitely have a positive effect on their future."  The Canadian Publishers' Council, as Canada's main English language book publishing trade association was founded in 1910 and represents the interests of publishing companies that publish books and other media for elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, professional and reference markets, the retail and library sectors.   

This is the first study to be done in Canada.  Although there has been considerable research from other countries on the relationship between school libraries and student achievement, the study represents the first Canadian statistics and evidence.  Since 2002, the Coalition and its partners have been urging provincial education officials to reverse years of funding cuts, re-open school libraries and re-instate teacher-librarians as a means of improving literacy, cultural awareness and student performance. Academics, librarians, researchers and parents called on the new Minister of Education to improve staffing and funding models for school libraries in Ontario.

The study found a relationship between schools' libraries and their students' test scores on Grade 3 and 6 EQAO Reading Tests.  It also found a connection between student's access to teacher-librarians and their attitude toward reading.

People for Education has been tracking the effects of policy and funding changes on Ontario's elementary schools for nine years.  There has been a significant drop in the number of elementary schools with teacher-librarians.

The researchers also pointed to significant regional disparities in students' access to libraries.  Over one-quarter of the Northern Ontario schools reported that the library was unstaffed, a significantly higher percentage than all of the other regions.

The full study is available on both the Ontario Library Association and the People for Education websites at: 


 Publications For Purchase

Please e-mail us at pubadmin@pubcouncil.ca to place your order. Please note G.S.T. will be added to your order.


Who Buys Books                                             

A Three-Phase Study                    

Published 1995 


Price: $45.00                                 

This two-year study was designed to answer four basic questions: who, what, where and                  

why.  A total of 2,641 mail questionnaires were completed.

Book Purchasing in Canada     

An In-Store Consumer Survey    

Published in 1998                     

Price: $50.00   

This study is based on information provided by 1,000 book buyers. Greater detail on formats, price points and the influence of promotion and publicity efforts.

Buying Children's Books In Canada               

An In-Store Consumer Survey

Published 1999             


Price: $50.00                           

Similar to the process outlined above but specifically focusing on kids books. Results have been compared against equivalent findings from the two earlier studies.

Mass Market Book Purchasing In Canada          

An In-Store Consumer Survey    

Published 2000                         

Price: $75.00                           

A focused look at this market including information from both book buyers and browsers. Greater detail on impulse buying; single copy purchases versus multiple copies and the future of this Market.


Audio Book Market Analysis in Canada.


Price: $50.00                                

A focused look at the audio book market in Canada.


Publishing: A View From the


Price: $2.00


Libel: A Handbook for Authors

And Editors                                                                                                                 

Price $2.00




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