Osman, Ishiguro, and Rowling eBooks most borrowed from libraries in 2021

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Richard Osman, Kazuo Ishiguro and JK Rowling’s digital books were the most borrowed from libraries this year, The Bookseller reported, citing OverDrive. Some of the most requested titles in UK libraries this year include The Thursday Murder Club by Osman. Subsequently, the electronic book titled The midnight library by Matt Haig and Klara and the sun from Kazuo Ishiguro were second and third.

The secret society, book and scone by Ellery Adams and Shuggie Bath by Douglas Stuart emerged as the fourth and fifth most borrowed eBook titles from libraries in 2021 respectively. Other titles in descending order of popularity include The Sentinel by Lee Child, The darkest evening by Ann Cleeves, Five foreigners in total by Natalie D Richards, The adults by Marian Keyes, and Bridgerton Collection, Volume 1 by Julia Quinn.

Among audio books, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling came out on top followed by others like the Cold mourning by Brenda Chapman, A song for dark times by Ian Rankin, and To become by Michelle Obama.

Other audiobook titles in descending order of popularity include Klara and the sun by Ishiguro, The coffins garden by Stuart MacBride, Myth by Stephen Fry, Kills butterflies by Brenda Chapman, The adults by Marian Keyes, and Still life by Val McDermid.

OverDrive provides access to eBooks and audiobooks as well as other digital reading media such as magazines and newspapers to libraries. The company currently has a link with more than 3000 libraries with operations spread across the world. The company also said it has worked tirelessly during the pandemic to tailor its operations to the demands of borrowers.


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