Australia: Library Book Borrowers Stay True to Their Favourite Authors, Survey Reveals
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Matthew Reilly’s ardency for adrenalin-pumping action thrillers began as an early library reader and, now that Reilly himself is a bestseller, his readers are returning the favour.
The author’s The Five Greatest Warriors was the most in-demand home-grown title held by Australian public libraries in the past three years – one of three Reilly titles that made the top 10 – with more copies of the Indiana Jones-style series on library bookshelves than any other books.
In school, TAFE and university libraries, it was Mem Fox’s evergreen Possum Magic that dominated bookshelves in 2012-13, followed by Emily Rodda’s Rowan of Rin and Marcia Vaughan’s Wombat Stew.
The tables are created by the Public Lending Right and Education Lending Rights schemes, which make payments to authors and publishers based on the estimated numbers of books held in the collection of lending libraries. The schemes aim to compensate for the creators’ loss of potential sales.
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