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UK Announces 2007 Top Library Lends

abstract:It is interesting to consider which books and authors are most popular with lending libraries versus the bestseller lists and literary fiction. James Patterson has just made the top spot, reports the Guardian, having tallied over 1.5 million copies of his books lent in the past year. He is the third author to have earned the distinction since they began keeping such records in 1982. J.K. Rowling and Ian McEwan only made it to 107 and 252 respectively on the library lending list, whereas their novels, Harry Potter and Atonement made it to 1 and 13 respectively on bestseller lists for the year. What does this say about borrowers? Check out the top 10 borrowed books list and see for yourself.


February 10, 2008

The Top 10 Most-borrowed Authors

  1. James Patterson (Adults)
  2. Jacqueline Wilson (Children)
  3. Daisy Meadows (Children)
  4. Josephine Cox (Adults)
  5. Nora Roberts (Adults)
  6. Danielle Steel (Adults)
  7. Ian Rankin (Adults)
  8. Mick Inkpen (Children)
  9. Janet & Allan Ahlberg (Children)
  10. Francesca Simon (Children)

I think what this says is that people prefer to purchase literary fiction to read and add to their home libraries, but prefer to borrow light fiction, thrillers and romance to read but not collect. Since every book borrowed in the UK lending system pays the author 5.98p per loan, 237 authors will receive the maximum payment of £6,600, a fee corresponding to approximately 110,000 loans

Just for fun, take a look at your home library and tell us which books/authors you collect. We'll tally the list and see what conclusions we can draw. I would be very interested to see if people have Shakespeare's volumes, or many of the classics in their home libraries, or whether readers tend to stick to hardcover versions versus softcover? Stay tuned. Write to (no spaces)

The research division of OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center, which libraries in more than 110 countries use to locate and lend library materials) compiled a list of the top 1,000 titles owned by member libraries—the intellectual works judged to be the most worthy based on the “purchase vote” of libraries around the globe.

For other library facts and resources check out this Library Blog.



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