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Most downloaded eBooks & audiobooks

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OverDrive  tallies public library downloads, and posts results here on their website each month. I love getting this snapshot of what’s hot in digital downloads. I especially like the fact that the list is segmented into adult / youth / fiction / non-fiction / audiobook / eBook. Unfortunatly, there is only a top-ten ranking, not actual numbers of downloads. I know individual libraries can run reports of the numbers of local downloads. But it would be very interesting to see if the nationwide total numbers make significant jumps after, say, holiday gift time (all those eBook readers & MP3 players). Or whether summertime makes for more vacation listening downloads. Nevertheless, you may be interested in this month’s top downloads from OverDrive Media:

Download Audiobooks – Adult Fiction (publisher) months on list
1.     The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (Books on Tape)    4
2.     “U” is for Undertow, by Sue Grafton (Books on Tape)    1
3.     I, Alex Cross, by James Patterson (BBC Audiobooks America)    2
4.     True Blue, by David Baldacci (BBC Audiobooks America)    3
5.     Breathless, by Dean Koontz (Brilliance Audio)    2
6.     The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Books on Tape)    6
7.     Bed of Roses, by Nora Roberts (Brilliance Audio)    3
8.     13 1/2, by Nevada Barr (Brilliance Audio)    4
9.     The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger (HighBridge Company)    7
10.     The Host, by Stephenie Meyer (Books on Tape)    20

Download Audiobooks – Adult Nonfiction   (publisher) months on list
1.     Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)    24
2.     Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (Hachette Audio)    13
3.     Superfreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (Books on Tape)    3
4.     Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (Tantor Media)    22
5.     Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (HarperCollins)    24
6.     What the Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell (BBC Audiobooks America)    3
7.     25 Things to Say to the Interviewer, to Get the Job You Want, by Dexter Hawk (Blackstone Audio, Inc.)    24
8.     Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert (Books on Tape)    24
9.     How To Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less, by Nicholas Boothman (Listen & Live Audio, Inc.)    24
10.     When You Are Engulfed in Flames, by David Sedaris (Hachette Audio)    18

Download Audiobooks – Juvenile Fiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (Listening Library)    24
2.     Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (Listening Library)    24
3.     Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer (Listening Library)    17
4.     New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (Listening Library)    24
5.     The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan (Listening Library)    24
6.     Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer (Listening Library)    24
7.     Eragon, by Christopher Paolini (Listening Library)    24
8.     Brisingr, by Christopher Paolini (Listening Library)    16
9.     The Sea of Monsters, by Rick Riordan (Listening Library)    22
10.     Eldest, by Christopher Paolini (Listening Library)    24

Download Audiobooks – Juvenile Nonfiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     Night, by Elie Wiesel (Audio Bookshelf,LLC)    24
2.     Amelia Earhart, by Lori Van Pelt (Books In Motion)    24
3.     Blizzard!, by Jim Murphy (Audio Bookshelf,LLC)    24
4.     VocabuLearn® Spanish Word Booster, by Penton Overseas, Inc. (Penton Overseas, Inc.)    24
5.     Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (Penguin Group (USA), Inc.)    4
6.     Hear-SayTM Spanish, by Donald S. Rivera (Penton Overseas, Inc.)    24
7.     Lyric Language Spanish, by Rick Knowles, Kitty Morse (Penton Overseas, Inc.)    24
8.     VocabuLearn® French Word Booster, by Penton Overseas, Inc. (Penton Overseas, Inc.)    24
9.     Ana’s Story, by Jenna Bush (HarperCollins)    24
10.     Hear-SayTM French, by Donald S. Rivera (Penton Overseas, Inc.)    24

Download eBooks – Adult Fiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     The Lost Symbol, by Dan Brown (Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group)    4
2.     I, Alex Cross, by James Patterson (Little, Brown and Company)    2
3.     Alex Cross’s Trial, by James Patterson, Richard DiLallo (Little, Brown and Company)    5
4.     Pirate Latitudes, by Michael Crichton (HarperCollins)    2
5.     The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold (Little, Brown and Company)    5
6.     “U” is for Undertow, by Sue Grafton (Penguin USA, Inc.)    1
7.     Bed of Roses, by Nora Roberts (Penguin USA, Inc.)    3
8.     The Help, by Kathryn Stockett (Penguin USA, Inc.)    6
9.     Vision In White, by Nora Roberts (Penguin USA, Inc.)    8
10.     The Last Song, by Nicholas Sparks (Grand Central Publishing)    4

Download eBooks – Adult Nonfiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     Blink, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company)    24
2.     Outliers, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company)    8
3.     SuperFreakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (HarperCollins)    3
4.     What the Dog Saw, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company)    3
5.     Julie and Julia, by Julie Powell (Little, Brown and Company)    9
6.     Freakonomics Revised and Expanded Edition, by Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner (HarperCollins)    24
7.     The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, by David Niven (HarperCollins)    24
8.     The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy People, by David Niven, Ph.D. (HarperCollins)    24
9.     Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, by Steve Harvey (HarperCollins)    10
10.     The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell (Little, Brown and Company)    19

Download eBooks – Juvenile Fiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     Eclipse, by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    24
2.     Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    24
3.     New Moon, by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    24
4.     Breaking Dawn, by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    11
5.     The Angel Experiment, by James Patterson (Orbit)    24
6.     3 Willows, by Ann Brashares (Random House Children’s Books)    11
7.     School’s Out–Forever, by James Patterson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    24
8.     Coraline, by Neil Gaiman, Dave McKean (HarperCollins)    24
9.     Nightfall, by L. J. Smith (HarperCollins)    6
10.     Blood Promise, by Richelle Mead (Penguin USA, Inc.)    5

Download eBooks – Juvenile Nonfiction    (publisher) months on list
1.     Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson (Penguin USA, Inc.)    11
2.     The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan (Penguin USA, Inc.)    3
3.     1,001 Facts About Dinosaurs, by Neil Clark, William Lindsay (Dorling Kindersley Limited)    24
4.     After School Reading Activities, Grade 1, by (School Specialty Publishing)    24
5.     New Moon, by Mark Cotta Vaz (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    2
6.     Nubs, by Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery, Kirby Larson (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)    1
7.     After School Reading Activities, Grade 3, by (School Specialty Publishing)    24
8.     High School Money Book, by Don Silver (Adams-Hall Publishing)    22
9.     The U.S. History Cookbook, by Joan D’Amico, Karen E. Drummond (John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.)    13
10.     Spectrum Test Practice, Grade 1, by (School Specialty Publishing)    23

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About the Author:

Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. terilesesne@gmail.com' Teri Lesesne says:

    Cool. Thanks for posting this info. It is thought-provoking.

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