Posted on 01/21/2020 at 09:57 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

2019 was yet another record year for digital book lending, according to Rakuten OverDrive.

In total, 326 million ebooks, audiobooks, and digital magazines were checked out, representing a 20 percent increase over the previous year.

While ebooks made up the larger share of checkouts, OverDrive reports that the number of audiobooks checked out grew 30 percent, outpacing ebook growth for a sixth straight year.

Additionally, seventy-three public library systems each lent more than a million digital books — eight of those systems hitting the milestone for the first time.

So what were readers borrowing the most often? OverDrive’s data:

Most popular ebooks

1. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

2. Becoming, by Michelle Obama.

3. Educated, by Tara Westover.

4. Nine Perfect Strangers, by Liane Moriarty.

5. Little Fires Everywhere, by Celeste Ng.

Most popular audiobooks

1. Becoming, by Michelle Obama.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

3. Educated, by Tara Westover.

4. Girl, Wash Your Face, by Rachel Hollis.

5. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling.

Top digital books by genre

Adult fiction: Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens.

Adult nonfiction: Becoming, by Michelle Obama.

Young adult fiction: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas.

Children’s fiction: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling.

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