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Thrillers fuel near 100% rise in ebook lending


Surrey readers’ love of a thriller has fuelled a near 100% rise in ebook loans from libraries.

The number of ebooks borrowed from Surrey County Council’s libraries in the first six months of this year climbed to 29,390 compared to 15,267 for the same period in 2013.

This follows a growing trend which has seen online library use overtake visits to branches.

Surrey’s most popular ebook this year has been Lee Child’s Echo Burning – from the Jack Reacher series.

Also in the most borrowed list is Child’s The Enemy from the same Reacher series, which was turned into a film starring Tom Cruise, and thrillers or suspense novels by Harlan Coben and Rachel Abbott.

It comes after World Cup fever saw loans of children’s sport’s books from libraries rocket by 70% compared with the same time last year. Surrey’s love of romance fiction is already well known after it was revealed that the county is a UK library lending hotspot for Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels.

Surrey County Council deputy leader Peter Martin said: “People in Surrey obviously can’t get enough of Jack Reacher novels and other thrillers from hugely popular authors on their ereaders.

“These novels might not suit everyone’s tastes but we’ve got a whole range of ebooks available to download and shelves in our libraries are stacked with around 1.7 million books to borrow.

“The way people borrow and read books is undergoing a digital revolution. In Surrey we’re embracing these changing trends to ensure people can experience the joy of a good read from the library, no matter how they choose to borrow a book.”

The most popular fiction ebooks borrowed from Surrey’s libraries this year include:

  • Echo Burning from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.
  • Darkest Fear from the Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben.
  • The Back Road by Rachel Abbott.
  • The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out Of The Window And Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson.
  • The Enemy from the Jack Reacher series by Lee Child.

Older ebooks such as Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol also feature in the most popular list.

To borrow ebooks, join the library. To to find out more about what is on offer go to the council’s website or visit your local branch.


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