Annual library lending figures reveal UK

Lockdown forces surge in e-book borrowing from UK’s public libraries | Way of life Books

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New Delhi: ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Utterly Effective’ by Gail Honeyman has been revealed because the UKs most borrowed e-book of 2018-19, with Sally Rooneys ‘Regular Folks’, ‘Circe’ by Madeleine Miller and Adam Kays ‘That is Going to Damage’ among the many Prime 10, based on the most recent figures on public library borrowing launched by Public Lending Proper (PLR).

The Prime 10 most borrowed e-books additionally embrace ‘Origin’ by Dan Brown, ‘Nonetheless Me’ by Jojo Moyes, and ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins.

For the primary time, the PLR annual public library loans information – launched on Wednesday for the interval protecting July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 contains figures on e-book borrowing in addition to print books, audiobooks and regional borrowing.

The discharge coincides with a outstanding surge in e-book borrowing from public libraries as bodily areas stay closed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Final month, Libraries Related had estimated a 358 p.c enhance within the variety of individuals borrowing e-books through the first three weeks of lockdown in England.

Persevering with the pattern of earlier years, the checklist of most borrowed print titles is dominated by thrillers, with James Patterson taking the title of most borrowed writer for the thirteenth yr working, a press release from British Library stated.

Kids’s literature continues to function closely throughout UK print borrowing, with Roald Dahl, Julia Donaldson, Daisy Meadows, Francesca Simon and David Walliams showing among the many high ten most borrowed authors. This displays the essential and enduring position libraries play in supporting kids’s literacy and sparking a lifelong love of studying.

“It’s sensible that, because of digital companies, so many individuals can nonetheless have interaction with their native library and benefit from the nation’s hottest titles. E-books are a implausible strategy to entertain and educate, particularly as we spend extra time at residence,” UK Tradition Minister Caroline Dinenage stated in a press release.

Administered from the British Library, the Public Lending Proper scheme offers authors and different contributors the authorized proper to cost from the Authorities every time their books are borrowed from a UK public library.