Archive for January, 2009

May: Top 10 Borrowed Books and Authors

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country.

The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from May 2009.

Children’s books continue to be very popular with Irish readers and the first three authors in the Top 10 authors list for May 2009 are children’s authors. The most popular author in Irish libraries continues for the fifth month to be the prolific Francesca Simon, author of the Horrid Henry Series.

‘This Charming Man’ by Marian Keyes is placed fourth in our Top 10 list. ‘This Charming Man’ won the Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year award at the Irish Book Awards ceremony held at the Mansion House in Dublin on May 6.

Children’s author Roald Dahl, author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The BFG features in our Top 10 list for the third time.

Stephenie Meyer, author of the vampire romance series, Twilight is listed for the third time in our Top 10 list. The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed book for the fourth month since January.

Most Borrowed Authors in May 2009

1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross

2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt

3. Daisy Meadows; illustrated by Georgie Ripper

4. James Patterson

5. Maeve Binchy

6. J.K. Rowling

7. Cathy Kelly

8. Patricia Scanlan

9. Stephenie Meyer

10. Roald Dahl

Most Borrowed Titles in May 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test-Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. Heart and Soul-Maeve Binchy

3. Dracula-Bram Stoker

4. This Charming Man-Marian Keyes

5. The Secret Scripture-Sebastian Barry

6. Happy Ever After-Patricia Scanlan

7. Once in a Lifetime – Cathy Kelly

8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas- John Boyne

9. The Brass Verdict-Michael Connelly

10. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K.

The Lost Symbol finds a home at No 3

Saturday, January 17th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country.

The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities.

The data below are from October 2009.

Most Borrowed Titles in October 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling

3. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

4. Brooklyn – Colm Toibin

5. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy

6. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan

7. Horrid Henry and the football fiend – Francesca Simon

8. Once in a Lifetime – Cathy Kelly

9. Horrid Henry’s Stinkbomb – Francesca Simon

10. My sister Jodie – Jacqueline Wilson

Once again, The Official Driver Theory Test is our nation’s most borrowed item, for the eighth time this year.

The popularity of Colm Toibin is reflected in his No 4 position for his widely acclaimed novel Brooklyn and Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code, makes a welcome first appearance in our Top 10 for his latest publication The Lost Symbol.

Most Borrowed Authors in October 2009

1. Francesca Simon

2. Jacqueline Wilson

3. Daisy Meadows

4. JK Rowling

5. James Patterson

6. Maeve Binchy

7. Stephenie Meyer

8. Jodi Picoult

9. Dav Pilkey

10. Darren Shan

The Horrid Henry series goes from strength to strength with Francesca Simon topping the poll for the tenth successive month this year.

The influence of the Children’s Books Festival (held in October) on loans data can be seen by the presence of Francasca Simon, Jacqueline Wilson, Daisy Meadows, JK Rowling, Jodi Picoult, Dav Pilkey and Darren Shan in the Top 10.

Francesca Simon remains at No. 1 for 9th successive month

Friday, January 16th, 2009

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from September 2009.

Most Borrowed Titles in September 2009

1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J K Rowling

3. Brooklyn – Colm Toibin

4. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan

5. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy

6. Once in a Lifetime – Cathy Kelly

7 . Man Gone Down – Michael Thomas

8. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne

9. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry

10. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes

The Official Driver Theory Test tops our list of most borrowed title for the seventh time this year.

The remainder of the list is dominated by Irish authors, with established writers such as Colm Toibin, Maeve Binchy and Sebastian Barry all featuring prominently in our Top 10.

The only exceptions to this are perennial favourite JK Rowling for her novel Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and IMPAC Winner Michael Thomas for his superb debut novel Man Gone Down.

Most Borrowed Authors in September 2009

1. Francesca Simon

2. JK Rowling

3. Jacqueline Wilson

4. James Patterson

5. Stephenie Meyer

6. Jodi Picoult

7. Daisy Meadows

8. Patricia Scanlan

9. Cathy Kelly

10. Sheila O’Flanagan

Francesa Simon continues her domination of our Top 10 Most Borrowed authors list, topping the poll for the ninth successive month.

Stephenie Meyer’s popularity is recognised by her Top 5 position and the success of the Twilight film has certainly helped increase her loan figures.

June: Impac Winner Holds 2nd Place in Most Borrowed Books

Friday, January 16th, 2009

Top 10 Most Borrowed Titles

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country.

The Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors below is compiled using the Top 100 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below is from June 2009.

The Official Driver Theory Test was the most borrowed title for the fifth occasion in six months since January, followed closely by ‘Man Gone Down’, written by Michael Thomas, which was recently awarded the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Seven of the remaining eight titles in our top 10 were written by Irish authors, with the exception being J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ which appears in eighth place.

An interesting inclusion is Colm Tóibin’s acclaimed new work ‘Brooklyn’ which makes its first appearance in our lists at Number 10 and we would expect it to figure prominently over the coming months.

  1. Official Driver Theory Test – Prometric/Road Safety Authority
  2. Man Gone Down – Michael Thomas
  3. Heart and Soul – Maeve Binchy
  4. The Secret Scripture – Sebastian Barry
  5. Happy Ever After – Patricia Scanlan
  6. Once in a Lifetime- Cathy Kelly
  7. This Charming Man – Marian Keyes
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
  9. The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas – John Boyne
  10. Brooklyn – Colm Tóibin

Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors

The Top 10 Most Borrowed Authors category is dominated again by children’s authors Francesca Simon and Jacqueline Wilson with the former topping the list for the sixth successive month and Wilson occupying second place for the same length of time.

The prolific James Patterson occupies third place thanks to titles such as ‘Cross Country’, ‘8th Confession’, ‘Sail’, ‘7th Heaven’ and ‘Run for your Life’ and his back catalogue as well as his new titles seem as popular as ever with library users.

Similarly, Stephenie Meyer’s ascent into our Top 10 sees no signs of abating thanks to the success of ‘New Moon’, ‘Eclipse’, ‘Breaking Dawn’, ‘Twilight’ and ‘The Host’ and her 4th place position is her highest standing since the turn of the year.

  1. Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross
  2. Jacqueline Wilson; illustrated by Nick Sharratt
  3. James Patterson
  4. Stephenie Meyer
  5. J.K. Rowling
  6. Jodi Picoult
  7. Patricia Scanlan
  8. Cathy Kelly
  9. Maeve Binchy

PLR Scheme announced

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Mr. Michael Kitt, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government has announced (12th January 2009) that he has recently signed Regulations which provide for a Public Lending Remuneration Scheme in respect of the public library service.

The Scheme, which will be administered by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (The Library Council) with the co-operation of the local authority library service, will provide that qualifying authors, whose books are loaned by public libraries, will receive remuneration in respect of such loans.