Saskatchewan Publishing Industry Statistics - SaskBooksSaskBooks

So…you’re a numbers wonk.

It just so happens we have some numbers for you!

As of 2017:

  • Number of book publishers in Saskatchewan:
    Over 50 (including self-publishers, literary presses, university presses, non-traditional publishers)
  • Number of books produced in Saskatchewan each year:
  • Each publisher produces 1-25 books per year;
  • Number of people working in the book publishing industry:
    ~600 (This includes volunteers and/or unpaid labour)

    • Including (but not limited to):
      manuscript editors, copy editors, proofreaders, graphic designers, printers, marketing officers, publicists, warehouse staff, bookkeepers, managing editors, distribution staff, sales staff, event co-ordinators, technicians, IT personnel, indexers, translators,
  • Number of people working as “Full-Time Equivalents” in the book publishing industry:
    ~179 (this doesn’t include writers, but does include manuscript editors, copy editors, proofreaders, indexers, designers, marketers, publicists, translators, and administrative staff. It includes in-house staff as well as freelance or contract employees.)
  • In 2015, the book publishing industry generated $6 million in gross revenues and directly employed over 125 people;
  • Saskatchewan Publishers paid $3.7 million in non-wage expenses in 2015 and $4.9 million in salary expenses.
  • Produced a $6.9 million labour income effect
  • Publishing industry in Saskatchewan contributed approximately $0.79 million in personal income tax revenue;
  • Produced a combined fiscal effect of $1.46 million provincially;
  • Publishing contributes $8-10 million to the Saskatchewan GDP;
  • Up to $6 in sales is produced for every $1 invested in Saskatchewan publishing.

Historical stats:

  • 6 publishers founded SaskBooks (as the Saskatchewan Publishers Group) in 1989
  • Membership grew to 21 publishers by 2001
  • All-time high for SaskBooks’ publisher members: 75 in 2008