Ontario Libraries Prioritizing Canadian Digital Content

TORONTO, June 28, 2019– eBOUND Canada, a not-for-profit organization that assists independent Canadian publishers in developing and supporting digital publishing programs, has commissioned a research report that focuses on how Ontario libraries and independent publishers can work together to increase the availability and discoverability of Canadian ebook content. This research was generously funded by Ontario Creates. The study titled The Analysis of Canadian Content in Ontario Libraries was prepared by Page Two Consulting. It aims to provide insight into eBook acquisition, licensing models and formats, pricing, and opportunities for publishers to maximize discoverability by marketing their titles directly to Ontario libraries and suggests that Canadian publishers be in more frequent contact with libraries so each parties business needs are understood. The inquiry for the report was carried out through three instruments of inquiry: a direct survey of Ontario librarians; circulation data culled from reports generated by the main eBook vendor operating in Ontario public libraries (OverDrive); and title data collected.

The findings reiterate how committed Canadian librarians are to ensuring Canadian readers have access to a robust catalogue of Canadian content and provides insights into factors impacting ebook acquisition, the advantages and disadvantages of various licensing models, and outlines librarians’ preferred pricing structures. In summary, librarians are suggesting more direct and frequent contact with Canadian independent publishers to ensure their mutual goals are being met.

“It’s gratifying to see that Ontario libraries are prioritizing the acquisition of Canadian digital content. This study provides important business intelligence around preferred licensing models and insights for Ontario’s independent book publishers on the most promising ways to market to libraries and ensure continued success in the digital marketplace,” said Kristine Murphy, Director of Industry Development at Ontario Creates.

You can download the full report here: eBOUND Canada_Analysis of Canadian Content in Ontario Libraries_2019

About eBOUND Canada:

Launched in 2009, eBOUND Canada, formerly the Canadian Publishers Digital Services (CPDS) arm of the Association of Canadian Publishers, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing Canadian publishers’ engagement in the digital marketplace. Its growing number of programs includes ebook distribution, digital asset management, ebook and audiobook conversion services and professional development.

About Page Two Consulting:

Page Two helps authors and companies make smart publishing decisions and produces their non-fiction work to the highest possible standards. Co-founders Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White bring many years of experience in the publishing industry to their work, creating publishing strategies for authors, organizations and advised clients throughout North America.

About Ontario Creates:

Ontario Creates (formerly OMDC) is a provincial agency that facilitates economic development, investment and collaboration in Ontario’s creative industries including the music, book, magazine, film, television and interactive digital media sectors. ontariocreates.ca


Deborah Nelson
Chief Executive Officer
eBOUND Canada
Tel: 416.219.4709