The Free Library of Philadelphia Surpasses 1 Million Ebook and Audiobook Checkouts in 2018

Rakuten OverDrive announced today that The Free Library of Philadelphia reached a record-breaking 1 million digital book checkouts in 2018. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library digital lending of ebooks and audiobooks. The Free Library of Philadelphia is one of 65 public library systems worldwide that surpassed 1 million checkouts (complete list here).

The Free Library of Philadelphia has been providing readers 24/7 access to ebooks and audiobooks for several years. Reader interest and usage has grown every year.

The highest-circulating ebook The Free Library of Philadelphia readers borrowed through OverDrive in 2018 was The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn. The top-circulating genre, thrillers, represents the most popular in a vast catalog that also includes mystery, romance and children/young adult.

The top 5 ebook titles borrowed through The Free Library of Philadelphia’s digital collection in 2018:
1. The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn.
2. Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff
3. The Midnight Line by Lee Child
4. Come Sundown by Nora Roberts
5. The Fix by David Baldacci

The top 5 audiobook titles borrowed through The Free Library of Philadelphia’s digital collection in 2018:
1. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
2. Camino Island by John Grisham
3. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
4. The Fix by David Baldacci
5. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Readers in Philadelphia just need a valid library card to access digital books from The Free Library of Philadelphia’s OverDrive-powered digital collection. Readers can use any major device, including Apple(R), Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle(R) (US only). Visithttps://freelibrary.overdrive.com or download the Libby app to get started and borrow ebooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere.

 

About Rakuten OverDrive

Rakuten OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We are dedicated to “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 43,000 libraries and schools in 76 countries. Named one of TIME’s Best iPhone and Android Apps of 2018, Libby is the “one-tap reading app” for libraries. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and owned by Tokyo-based Rakuten.

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