Libraries Lend Record Numbers of E-Books and Audio Books in 2015

This article originally appeared on DigitalBookWorld.com as seen here: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2016/libraries-lend-record-numbers-of-ebooks-and-audiobooks-in-2015/

2015 Was a Big Year for Libraries’ Digital Efforts, with a Record Number of Readers Borrowing E-Books and Digital Audio Books.

Overdrive, the leading supplier of digital content to libraries and schools, reported Tuesday that, in 2015, readers borrowed more than 169 million e-books. This marked a 24 percent increase over 2014. There was also a notable spike in audio book usage, which saw a faster growth rate than e-book library borrowing.

Some other notable stats include:

  • E-book 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 e-books 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 audio books 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)