OverDrive 2009 Stats Show Huge eBook Growth

OverDrive, the eBooks and downloadable audiobooks distributor for libraries, has just released its 2009 library stats. The release summarizes the most-checked-out eBooks and audiobooks at OverDrive-client libraries. The most popular eBook was, not surprisingly, Dan Brown’s Lost Symbol.

More surprising, however, is the fact that, according to OverDrive, there were “401 million website pages viewed by library patrons (69 percent growth over 2008) and 8.7 million digital titles checked out (63 percent increase over 2008)”

The “Digital titles” mentioned above include eBooks, audiobooks, and music.

Here are the top five adult fiction and nonfiction titles according to OverDrive:

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

After the jump, see a list of the most downloaded adult nonfiction eBooks…

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,
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
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