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E-book revolution fuels digital borrowing


Surrey’s e-book revolution has seen almost 30,000 titles borrowed online for free over the past two years.

More than 4,700 people have checked out 18,450 e-books and 11,500 e-audio books since they became available from the county council’s online library in the summer of 2010.

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There are almost 2,000 e-books to borrow, the most popular being Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, hotly followed by Stieg Larrson’s Millennium trilogy, including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.

And the titles can be downloaded on the go with the launch of a series of free apps for the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile.

People can do more than simply borrow books at Surrey’s online library, which is now used more than three million times a year. Users can join the library, reserve items, renew loans and search the catalogue. It also gives people access to online reference information and resources including encyclopedias and dictionaries.


Denise Saliagopoulos, Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “We’re determined to embrace new technology to make it easier and quicker for people to access county council services while providing better value for money.

“E-readers and tablet computers are changing the way people buy, borrow and read books which is why it is so important to keep pace with new technology and meet the changing demands of library users.

“The service is evolving with the advent of new technology and we’re continually looking to improve. The planned roll out of free Wi-Fi in all Surrey’s libraries will open up even more opportunities.”

Top 10 most borrowed e-books from Surrey’s online library

1. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
2. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
3. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
4. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest by Stieg Larsson
5. Private by Kate Brian
6. 61 Hours by Lee Child
7. The Associate by Phillip Margolin
8. 206 Bones by Kathy Reichs
9. Ninth Judgement by James Patterson
10. Solar by Ian McEwan


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