2015 was a big year for libraries’ digital efforts, with a record number of readers borrowing ebooks and digital audiobooks.
Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million ebooks. This marked a 24-percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable spike in audiobook usage, which saw a faster growth rate than ebook library borrowing.
Some other notable stats include:
• Ebook circulation was 125 million (19-percent growth over 2014)
• Digital audiobook circulation was 43 million (36-percent growth over 2014)
• Streaming video circulation was up 83 percent over 2014
• 33 library systems circulated 1 million or more digital books in 2015
• Lending of digital magazines and newspapers grew significantly in 2015 (introduced in late 2014)
• Reader visits to OverDrive-powered library and school websites was 750 million (up 14 percent from 2014)
The top ebooks borrowed from libraries in 2015 were:
1. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Penguin Publishing Group)
2. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Scribner)
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Crown/Archetype)
4. The Martian, Andy Weir (Crown/Archetype)
5. Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (HarperCollins)
The top digital audiobooks borrowed in 2015 were:
1. The Girl on the Train, Paula Hawkins (Books on Tape)
2. All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (Simon & Schuster Audio)
3. Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn (Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group)
4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.K. Rowling (Pottermore)
5. Yes Please, Amy Poehler (HarperCollins)
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