December 16, 2017

New Rankings: The Top 10 Books Borrowed at UK Libraries 2010-2011

From Public Lending Right:

Thrillers and crime novels by American writers dominate the Top 10 list of the Most Borrowed Titles from UK libraries, according to annual data released today by Public Lending Right (PLR) on the eve of National Libraries Day.

The UK’s Most Borrowed Title of 2010/2011 was “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown. The Top 10 also features five books written or co-written by James Patterson; and two thrillers by British-born writer, Lee Child who lives in the US. Crime writer Ian Rankin is the only UK-resident author in the Top 10.

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With over 2 million loans, prolific American writer James Patterson is the UK’s Most Borrowed Author for the fifth year running, the PLR data also shows. He is one of five writers to clock up over a million loans in UK libraries between July 2010 and June 2011.

Five of the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors are children’s writers – Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); former champion lender Jacqueline Wilson (4th); Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (5th); Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (7th); and Mick Inkpen (9th) – underlining the continuing importance of libraries in encouraging children to read.

UK’s Most Borrowed Titles 2010/11

1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
2. 61 Hours by Lee Child
3. Private by James Patterson
4. 9th Judgement by James Patterson
5. Worst Case by James Patterson
6. Caught by Harlan Coben
7. Don’t Blink by James Patterson & Howard Roughan
8. The Postcard Killers by James Patterson & Lisa Marklund
9. The Complaints by Ian Rankin
10.Worth Dying For by Lee Child

Five children’s writers are among the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors in UK libraries, according to the latest annual data released today by Public Lending Right (PLR) on the eve of National Libraries Day.

They are Daisy Meadows, the brand behind the “Rainbow Magic” series (2nd); Jacqueline Wilson (4th); Francesca Simon, author of the “Horrid Henry” series (5th); Children’s Laureate, Julia Donaldson (7th); and Mick Inkpen (9th).

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With over 2 million loans, prolific American writer James Patterson is the UK’s Most Borrowed Author for the fifth year running, the PLR data also shows. He is one of five writers to clock up over a million loans in UK libraries between July 2010 and June 2011.

The other adult writers to make the Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors list are novelists Nora Roberts (3rd), Danielle Steel (6th); MC Beaton (8th) and Clive Cussler (10th).

The UK’s Most Borrowed Book was “The Lost Symbol” by Dan Brown. The UK adult borrowing public appears hooked on gritty crime novels and thrillers, with all of the Top 10 Most Borrowed Books belonging to those genres. US writers dominate, with Lee Child and Ian Rankin the only British authors represented.

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See Also: Children’s writers ride high in PLR’s most borrowed authors list

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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