UK libraries are on the out, the check out that is

The following is a list of the top 50 books checked out by UK Libraries in 2010.  The list is composed of books that are front list books (book released within the last year). It’s interesting because it shows you just how many people are still opting to check out their new books from their local library rather than buy.

According to the article in The Bookseller, the top 1,000 most checked out books accounted for 40 million checkouts, or 1 checkout for every person in the UK. And this was only the 1,000 most checkout books! And our favorite of the top 50? Number 50!

Library 2010 Top 50
Pos    Title                            Author                      Check-outs
1       The Lost Symbol    Brown, Dan              183,000
2          Gone Tomorrow Child, Lee              149,000
3         61 Hours Child, Lee                 141,000
4           I, Alex Cross Patterson, James    139,000
5    Wolf Hall Mantel, Hilary            134,000
6    The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest Larsson, Stieg    133,000

7    Silent Scream La Plante, Lynda             128,000

8    8th Confession Patterson, James           128,000
9    The Return Journey Binchy, Maeve               128,000
10    The Complaints Rankin, Ian                    127,000
11    Hard Girls Cole, Martina                   127,000
12    Run for Your Life Patterson, James         127,000
13    Swimsuit Patterson, James         125,000
14    Cross Country Patterson, James    124,000
15    The Associate Grisham, John    122,000
16    206 Bones Reichs, Kathy                  122,000
17    Nine Dragons Connelly, Michael             122,000
18    The Girl Who Played with Fire Larsson, Stieg    122,000
19    Long Lost Coben, Harlan                    121,000
20    The Scarecrow Connelly, Michael              114,000
21    In Time for Christmas Flynn, Katie                  114,000
22    Doors Open Rankin, Ian                 113,000
23    Heart and Soul Binchy, Maeve             112,000
24    Sail Patterson, James            110,000
25    The White Queen Gregory, Philippa    110,000
26    Girl Missing Gerritsen, Tess                110,000
27    The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Larsson, Stieg    109,000
28    The Fever of the Bone McDermid, Val                 108,000
29    Play Dead Coben, Harlan    107,000
30    Keeping the Dead Gerritsen, Tess    107,000
31    Twenties Girl Kinsella, Sophie    107,000
32    Aliens Love Underpants! Freedman, Claire    107,000
33    The Bodies Left Behind Deaver, Jeffery    106,000
34    Picture Perfect Picoult, Jodi             106,000
35    Born Bad Cox, Josephine              104,000
36    Paths of Glory Archer, Jeffrey              103,000
37    The Gruffalo Donaldson, Julia    102,000
38    Found Wanting Goddard, Robert    101,000
39    Stolen Pearse, Lesley              101,000
40    It’s the Little Things James, Erica    101,000
41    Genesis Slaughter, Karin    100,000
42    All the Colours of Darkness Robinson, Peter    100,000
43    The Price of Love Robinson, Peter    100,000
44    First Family Baldacci, David    99,000
45    The Scarpetta Factor Cornwell, Patricia    99,000
46    Worst Case Patterson, James    99,000
47    The Front Cornwell, Patricia    99,000
48    The Brass Verdict Connelly, Michael    99,000
49    Bloodline Billingham, Mark    98,000
50    Folly Titchmarsh, Alan    98,000
* Based on Nielsen LibScan Top 1,000 data for the year to 1st January 2011. LibScan now covers approxaimtely 20% of all UK library loans but the figures above have been weighted to more actually relfect 100% coverage

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