As Canadianists, we are often faced with the need for up-to-date information about Canadian books the exact title, the price, whether a particular work is still in print. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to find this kind of information on the Web. The logical source Canadian Books in Print is not freely accessible. The only solution is to try a variety of sites. What follows is a list of the ones that seem to be most useful. As we would like to keep revising this site, any tips would be welcome: please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Probably the easiest way is to search a book vendors Website. Of course these are not comprehensive, and they tend not to include less well-known books as well as books published by small presses, but they do include a lot of the books were interested in. Two of the largest on-line sites are:
If you know the publisher, you could also go to his/her Website. The directory of Canadian publishers Web sites is as follows:
One special service offered by the National Library of Canada is particularly useful for obtaining information about books that have appeared in the past few years. The Forthcoming Books lists are processed by the National Librarys Canadian Cataloguing in Publication (CIP) program. Approximately 1600 publishers participate in the CIP program; in addition, the major publications of the federal government are covered, as are publications of the provincial governments of British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia and Ontario. Each month brings a new list of forthcoming titles, and these are also archived on the Web site, going back several years. The books are listed according to category, and within each category alphabetically by author, so it is easy to find what is new in the field you are interested in. This site can be found at