Archive for January, 2011

Children’s Books Top Library Loans’ Charts

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Irish children are the champion borrowers from public libraries, with eight children’s authors making it into the top ten ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ list for 2010.

Roderick Hunt, author of over 300 titles in the Oxford Reading Tree series, is Irish children’s top choice for the second successive year with over 115,000 library loans.

Daisy Meadows, creator of the Rainbow Magic series, was the second most-borrowed author, coming in just ahead of Francesca Simon of Horrid Henry fame. Reacting to the popularity of Daisy Meadows, Megan Larkin, publisher of the series, said: ‘We are delighted to hear that Rainbow Magic is so popular in Irish public libraries. The popularity of libraries among school-age readers shows their vital importance to society.’

Classic stories continue to delight today’s children with authors such as Enid Blyton, Roger Hargreaves and Roald Dahl making it into the top ten, alongside the ever popular Julia Donaldson and Jacqueline Wilson.

Prolific US author James Patterson is the most popular adult fiction author with almost 65,000 library loans. Hailed by the New York Times Magazine as having ‘transformed book publishing’, his books have sold an estimated 220 million copies worldwide.

Darren Shan is the most popular Irish author for the second year running, at number fifteen, while eighteen Irish authors feature in the top 100.

The Official Driver Theory Test continues to be the nation’s most borrowed book, clinching top spot for the second year.

In second position is Colm Tóibín’s novel Brooklyn, which claimed the 2009 Costa Novel Award. The judges described Brooklyn as ‘Poised, quiet and incrementally shattering – we all loved this book and can’t praise it highly enough.’ Reacting to the news, Mr Tóibín remarked: ‘I think the public libraries in Ireland are a great national resource; the people who work in them are dedicated and provide a wonderful service.’

Fiction continues to dominate the title list and books by Irish authors are very popular. Six of the ten most popular adult fiction books are by Irish authors: Brooklyn, by Colm Tóibín; The boy in the striped pyjamas, by John Boyne; Once in a lifetime by Cathy Kelly; The return journey, by Maeve Binchy; The secret scripture, by Sebastian Barry, and Let the great world spin, by Colum McCann.

The ‘most-borrowed-from-the-library’ lists are compiled by the Library Council from information supplied to the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) Scheme by public libraries.

The figures are released following the second Bord Gáis Energy READISCOVER Your Local Library campaign, during which hundreds of events took place in public libraries throughout Ireland. 10,011 authors resident in thirty-two countries were registered for Irish PLR in 2010. €319,558.75 was paid out to 4,639 authors in respect of their total library loans. Four authors received the maximum payment of €3,000, and the rate-per-loan was 8.88 cent.

Commenting on the second year of PLR, Senator Mark Dearey, Chairman of The Library Council, stated that the Council was delighted to manage the PLR scheme and thanked the country’s public library services for their co-operation in providing the loans data.

PLR is funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. Information about PLR is available at www.plr.ie.

For further information please contact: Brendan Teeling, Assistant Director, Library Council: Tel: 087 6184734; 01 6761167; email: bteeling@librarycouncil.ie. Eva McEneaney, Executive Librarian, PLR Office, Library Council: Tel: 01 6761167; email: emceneaney@librarycouncil.ie.

Notes for Editors Under the Public Lending Remuneration (PLR) scheme, payment is made to authors, illustrators, etc. whose books are borrowed from one of the country’s 352 public libraries. PLR is managed by An Chomhairle Leabharlanna (the Library Council) and funded by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. There are over 14 million visits to Irish public libraries each year, resulting in 14 million loans of books.

Most Borrowed Authors and Titles 2010 Most Borrowed Titles 2010 (Adult and Children Combined)

Position Author Title
1 Prometric Ireland Ltd/Road Safety Authority The Official Driver Theory Test
2 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
3 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
4 John Boyne The boy in the striped pyjamas
5 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
6 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
7 Dan Brown The lost symbol
8 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
9 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
10 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG

Most Borrowed Adult Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 Colm Toibin Brooklyn
2 Stieg Larsson The girl with the dragon tattoo
3 John Boyme The boy in the striped pyjamas
4 Dan Brown The lost symbol
5 Stieg Larsson The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest
6 Cathy Kelly Once in a lifetime
7 Maeve Binchy The return journey
8 Sebastian Barry The secret scripture
9 Stieg Larsson The girl who played with fire
10 Colum McCann Let the great world spin

Most Borrowed Children’s Fiction Titles 2010

Position Author Title
1 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the deathly hallows
2 Stephenie Meyer Twilight
3 J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone
4 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake The BFG
5 Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake Fantastic Mr. Fox
6 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter
7 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the football fiend
8 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb
9 Francesca Simon; illustrated by Tony Ross Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine
10 J.K.

Most Borrowed Titles in 2010

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Details of the 100 most borrowed titles for PLR Year 2010 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Top 100 Most Borrowed Titles 2010
Position Title Author/Contributor
1 Official Driver Theory Test Road Safety Authority /Prometric Ireland Ltd
2 Brooklyn Colm Toibin
3 The Girl with the dragon tattoo Stieg Larsson
4 The boy in the striped pyjamas John Boyne
5 Harry Potter and the deathly hallows J.K. Rowling
6 Twilight Stephenie Meyer
7 The lost symbol Dan Brown
8 The girl who kicked the hornets’ nest Stieg Larsson
9 Harry Potter and the philosopher’s stone J.K. Rowling
10 The BFG Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
11 Fantastic Mr Fox Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
12 Horrid Henry and the bogey babysitter Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
13 Once in a lifetime Cathy Kelly
14 Horrid Henry and the football fiend Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
15 The return journey Maeve Binchy
16 The secret scripture Sebastian Barry
17 Horrid Henry’s stinkbomb Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
18 The girl who played with fire Stieg Larsson
19 Horrid Henry and the mega-mean time machine Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
20 Let the great world spin Colum McCann
21 Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling
22 New moon Stephenie Meyer
23 The Twin Gerbrand Bakker
24 The brightest star in the sky Marian Keyes
25 Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets J.K.Rowling
26 Happy ever after Patricia Scanlan
27 George’s marvellous medicine Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
28 Horrid Henry gets rich quick Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
29 Harry Potter and the half-blood Prince J.K. Rowling
30 The Witches Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
31 The Twits Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
32 Horrid Henry tricks the tooth fairy Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
33 Horrid Henry’s underpants Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
34 Eclipse Stephenie Meyer
35 Horrid Henry meets the Queen Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
36 Horrid Henry’s Christmas cracker Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
37 Candyfloss Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
38 Horrid Henry and the mummy’s curse Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
39 Breaking dawn Stephenie Meyer
40 Lessons in heartbreak Cathy Kelly
41 Horrid Henry’s haunted house Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
42 The scarecrow Michael Connelly
43 James and the giant peach Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
44 Heart and soul Maeve Binchy
45 Horrid Henry v Moody Margaret Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
46 Horrid Henry’s revenge Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
47 Horrid Henry’s nits Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
48 Under the hawthorn tree Marita Conlon-McKenna
49 A thousand splendid suns Khaled Hosseini
50 My sister Jodie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
51 The lovely bones Alice Sebold
52 The perfect man Sheila O’Flanagan
53 Horrid Henry robs the bank Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
54 Skulduggery Pleasant Derek Landy
55 Horrid Henry and the abominable snowman Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
56 Harry Potter and the order of the phoenix J.K. Rowling
57 The magic finger Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
58 Nine dragons Michael Connelly
59 Horrid Henry and the secret club Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
60 Handle with care Jodi Picoult
61 The secret Rhonda Byrne
62 Horrid Henry’s evil enemies Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
63 The help Kathryn Stockett
64 Long lost Harlan Coben
65 Gruffalo Julia Donaldson: illustrated by Axel Scheffler
66 Cookie Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
67 The picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde
68 Danny the champion of the world Roald Dahl: illustrated by Quentin Blake
69 The brass verdict Michael Connelly
70 Coming home Patricia Scanlan
71 Wolf Hall Hilary Mantel
72 Swimsuit James Patterson
73 Horrid Henry rules the world Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
74 Picture perfect Jodi Picoult
75 Best friends Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
76 This year it will be different Maeve Binchy
77 The associate John Grisham
78 The Diamond girls Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
79 Horrid Henry and other stories Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
80 Worst case James Patterson
81 Harry Potter and the goblet of fire J.K. Rowling
82 Love and summer William Trevor
83 Horrid Henry’s wicked ways Francesca Simon: illustrated by Tony Ross
84 The gift Cecelia Ahern
85 206 Bones Kathy Reichs
86 Alice & Megan forever Judi Curtin: illustrated by Woody Fox
87 Rodrick Rules Jeff Kinney
88 Diary of a wimpy kid Jeff Kinney
89 Star of the sea Joseph O’Connor
90 Clean break Jacqueline Wilson: illustrated by Nick Sharratt
91 The Catcher in the Rye J.D.

Most Borrowed Authors in 2010

Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

Details of the 100 most borrowed authors for PLR Year 2010 can be found here. The most borrowed lists of titles and authors are based on all the books loaned by public libraries, so that includes authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are not registered or who are not eligible to register.

PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No. 1 to 50

Position Author Position Author
1 Roderick Hunt 26 Lauren Child
2 Daisy Meadows 27 Martin Waddell
3 Francesca Simon 28 Danielle Steel
4 Enid Blyton 29 Karen McCombie
5 Jacqueline Wilson 30 Dav Pilkey
6 Roger Hargreaves 31 Eoin Colfer
7 James Patterson 32 Maeve Binchy
8 Nora Roberts 33 Lucy Daniels
9 Roald Dahl 34 Tess Gerritsen
10 Terry Deary 35 Harlan Coben
11 Adam Blade 36 Megan McDonald
12 Lee Child 37 John Grisham
13 Julia Donaldson 38 Jeremy Strong
14 Vivian French 39 Ian Whybrow
15 Darren Shan 40 Marita Conlon-McKenna
16 Jodi Picoult 41 Sheila O’Flanagan
17 Michael Morpurgo 42 Stephenie Meyer
18 Dr. Seuss 43 Robert Muchamore
19 Meg Cabot 44 Judi Curtin
20 R.L. Stine 45 Karen Wallace
21 Anthony Horowitz 46 Agatha Christie
22 Michael Connelly 47 Jeffery Deaver
23 Fiona Watt 48 Wilbert Awdry
24 J.K. Rowling 49 Heather Amery
25 Rose Impey 50 Eric Hill

The PLR Registrar is satisfied for the information in this release to be made widely accessible, provided that PLR’s role in compiling the information is acknowledged.

PLR: Most Borrowed Authors 2010 No.

Registering Additional Books

Monday, January 10th, 2011

 

The Irish PLR Office is providing enhanced services in co-operation with Public Lending Right, UK. Since April 1 2012, more streamlined and efficient registration and related PLR services for authors is being provided.
 
Additional Book Registration (guidance notes and form to register additional books for UK PLR only, Irish PLR only or for both schemes).
 
Please note that the final date for receipt of additional book forms is 30 June. Applications received after this date will be processed for the following PLR year.

January: Harry Potter in Number One Position

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

The ‘most borrowed statistics’ are compiled by the PLR Office from data provided by library services around the country. Following a review of our method of calculation, the Top 10 National List of Most Borrowed Titles and Authors is now based on a larger number of titles. The lists are compiled using the Top 250 titles from each of the public library authorities. The data below are from January 2011.

Most Borrowed Titles in January 2011

    1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – J.K. Rowling
    2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Stieg Larsson
    3. The official theory test – Road safety Authority
    4. Minding Frankie – Maeve Binchy
    5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid – Jeff Kinney
    6. Homecoming – Cathy Kelly
    7. The last straw – Jeff Kinney
    8. Room- Emma Donoghue
    9. Dog days – Jeff Kinney
    10. The help – Kathryn Stockett

For the third successive month, J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ assumes the Number 1 spot on our list of Top Titles loaned in January 2011. ‘Room’, the international bestseller and award winning novel by Emma Donghue is the story of a five-year-old called Jack and a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child. ‘Room’ remains at Number 8 for the second successive month in the list of Top Titles.

Most Borrowed Authors in January 2011

    1. Francesca Simon
    2. Jacqueline Wilson
    3. Roger Hargreaves
    4. Roald Dahl
    5. Jeff Kinney
    6. James Patterson
    7. J.K. Rowling
    8. Daisy Meadows
    9. Judi Curtin
    10. Stieg Larsson

Francesca Simon’s popularity with Irish Public Library users shows no signs of abating as she continues in poll position in our Top 10 list of most borrowed authors.