Industry Overview

The production of print and digital materials is a key activity for many organizations:

  • book publishers
  • magazine and journal publishers
  • corporations
  • governments
  • non-profit organizations
  • professional associations
  • research institutes
  • universities and colleges

Book Publishing

Book publishing has been at the heart of the publishing industry since the invention of the printing press. Today it includes a wide range of sectors, from trade and educational publishers to university presses, reference and specialty publishers, and self-publishing.

Toronto is the centre of the Canadian publishing industry. The Ryerson Publishing program draws on the city’s resources through internships and job postings. Our instructors are all active professionals in the industry.

Digital Publishing

Digital technology has spawned many new types of publications:

  • ebooks in various formats
  • websites
  • online publications
  • online educational materials

The Ryerson Publishing program integrates digital publishing across the curriculum and offers Digital Publishing and Production (CDPB 803).

Canadian Publishing

You can learn more about Canadian publishing by reading Quill & Quire. Each month this magazine includes reviews of new Canadian books, articles about the book industry, reports of book deals, author profiles, opinion columns, and bestseller lists. Quill & Quire Industry News provides interim updates to its industry subscribers, and Quillblog offers lively articles.

Publishing Associations

The Association of Canadian Publishers

Book and Periodical Council

Canadian Book Professionals Association

Canadian Institute for Studies in Publishing

Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Editors Canada