Top 1,000 titles loaned 40m times in 2010

Top 1,000 titles loaned 40m times in 2010

Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol was the most loaned book in 2010, according to data from Nielsen BookScan' panel of libraries. The Lost Symbol was loaned out an estimated 183,000 times, putting it ahead of two Lee Child novels, Gone Tomorrow and 61 Hours. In total Nielsen estimates that the top 1,000 most-loaned library books were checked out more than 40m times in 2010.

The chart (below), showing the top 50 library loans of 2010, is dominated by thrillers, with six titles from James Patterson, the three Stieg Larsson books, two apiece from Peter Robinson, Ian Rankin, and Patricia Cornwell, and titles from the likes of Mark Billingham, Harlan Coben, Martina Cole and Lynda La Plante.

This week The Bookseller launched a campaign "Fight for Libraries", aimed at drawing attention to the plight of public libraries, which are facing disproportionate cuts following the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review. Philip Jones, deputy editor of The Bookseller, said: "The figures give the lie to the view that libraries have some-how become outmoded or moved 'beyond books'. These are front-list books—titles that have also featured at the top of our bestseller charts over the year. It shows people are using libraries to browse and discover new fiction. It reinforces just how vital libraries really are in the life of the book."

The data is based on Nielsen LibScan Top 1,000 data for the year to 1st January 2011. LibScan now covers about 20% of all UK library loans, but the figures have been weighted to give an indication of the overall market.

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