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Stats summary for 2009: OverDrive

Audiobook & eBook use via library download during the past year, for your consideration. And thanks, OverDrive, for answering my request for stats so quickly 😉 Now if you could just let me know the Young Adult & Youth titles!

There are some pretty interesting (and mind boggling) numbers in the complete press release, but here are some highlights:

  • 8.7 million eBook, audiobook, music and video titles checked out & downloaded from OverDrive
  • 4 billion minutes of spoken word audio downloaded from library websites
  • 70 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2008, while eBook checkouts increased by 53 percent
  • 40 percent increase in new library users over 2008

Most Downloaded Adult Fiction Audiobooks from the Library (2009)

(Title, Author, Publisher)

  1. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown, Books on Tape
  2. The Host, Stephenie Meyer, Books on Tape
  3. The Associate, John Grisham, Books on Tape
  4. Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand, Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  5. The 8th Confession, James Patterson, Books on Tape

Most Downloaded Adult Fiction eBooks from the Library (2009)

(Title, Author, Publisher)

  1. The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  2. Devil in Winter, Lisa Kleypas, HarperCollins
  3. Again the Magic, Lisa Kleypas, HarperCollins
  4. Because You’re Mine, Lisa Kleypas, HarperCollins
  5. Dreaming of You, Lisa Kleypas, HarperCollins

Most Downloaded Adult Nonfiction Audiobooks from the Library (2009)

(Title, Author, Publisher)

  1. 25 Things to Say to the Interviewer to Get the Job You Want, Dexter Hawk, Blackstone Audio
  2. Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell, Books on Tape
  3. Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, Books on Tape
  4. Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, Tantor Media
  5. The 4-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferriss, Blackstone Audio

Most Downloaded Adult Nonfiction eBooks from the Library (2009)

(Title, Author, Publisher)

  1. Blink, Malcolm Gladwell, Little, Brown and Company
  2. The 100 Simple Secrets of Successful People, David Niven, HarperCollins
  3. Marley & Me, John Grogan, HarperCollins
  4. Dreams from My Father, Barack Obama, Crown Publishing Group
  5. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, Daniel G. Amen, M.D., Crown Publishing Group



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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