SaskBooks is Saskatchewan’s provincial creative industry association for book publishers. We don’t publish books, but are a member-based not-for-profit association whose members are book publishers operating in Saskatchewan. Our publishers are small and independent businesses. Saskatchewan books have an ISBN registered to a Saskatchewan publisher or business. The creative economy in the publishing sector includes business models like academic and scholarly publishers, literary presses, hybrid presses, self-publishers, and niche publishers. SaskBooks provides programs and services to its publisher members, including but not limited to industry-specific facilitated learning opportunities, co-operative and joint marketing projects, and we act as a champion for the book publishing sector in the province. We operate under the direction of a Board of Directors elected from our membership of publishers, who have recently completed both a Strategic Plan and a Risk Management Framework. SaskBooks staff operate and manage the association and all of our projects and ongoing programs.
Any book publisher can become a member of SaskBooks, regardless of their business model. Non-publishers who operate in the publishing sector (such a printers, distributors, independent booksellers, etc. are eligible for membership as well.
SaskBooks is grateful for the financial support it receives from Canadian Heritage via the Canada Book Fund, the Canada Council for the Arts, Creative Saskatchewan, Access Copyright Foundation, Friesen’s Printers, and Houghton Boston. We are active partners with the Saskatchewan Book Awards, and have worked closely with the Saskatchewan Writers Guild and the Saskatchewan Library Association on numerous projects.