Most Downloaded Books From the Library in January Include "The Audacity of Hope," "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle," and "The Host"

Digital Audiobooks and eBooks From Leading Authors Rank as Most Popular at OverDrive-Powered Libraries

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - February 18, 2009) - OverDrive (, the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries, schools, and retailers, today announced the 'Most Downloaded Books from the Library' for January 2009. Audiobook and eBook titles by Stephenie Meyer, James Patterson, Barack Obama, Lisa Kleypas, and Malcolm Gladwell were among the most popular downloads from OverDrive-powered libraries last month. John Grisham's "The Associate" and Janet Evanovich's "Plum Spooky" also appeared on the monthly Most Downloaded fiction audiobooks list for the first time.

The 'Most Downloaded Books from the Library' lists are organized by subject and format, and compiled based on activity at 8,500 libraries in the OverDrive global network. Complete lists for audiobooks and eBooks in adult fiction, adult nonfiction, juvenile fiction and juvenile nonfiction are available at

Most Downloaded Audiobooks from the Library - Adult Fiction
(January 2009)

Rank Title               Author              Publisher       Months on List
1.   The Host            Stephenie Meyer     Books on Tape           9
2.   The Associate       John Grisham        Books on Tape           1
3.   The Appeal          John Grisham        Books on Tape          12
4.   Atlas Shrugged      Ayn Rand            Blackstone Audio        6
5.   1st to Die          James Patterson     Hachette Audio         13
6.   Scarpetta           Patricia Cornwell   Books on Tape           2
7.   The Curious Case
     of Benjamin Button
     and Other Stories   F. Scott Fitzgerald Blackstone Audio        2
8.   Plum Spooky         Janet Evanovich     BBC Audiobooks America  1
9.   7th Heaven          James Patterson,
                         Maxine Paetro       Books on Tape          12
10.  Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen         Blackstone Audio       13

Most Downloaded Audiobooks from the Library - Adult Nonfiction
(January 2009)

Rank Title                Author             Publisher       Months on List
1.   The Audacity of Hope Barack Obama       Books on Tape          13
2.   25 Things to Say to
     the Interviewer, to
     Get the Job You Want Dexter Hawk        Blackstone Audio       13
3.   Blink                Malcolm Gladwell   Hachette Audio         13
4.   The 4-Hour Work
     Week                 Timothy Ferriss    Blackstone Audio       13
5.   How To Make People
     Like You in 90
     Seconds or Less      Nicholas Boothman  Listen & Live Audio    13
6.   Three Cups of Tea    Greg Mortenson     Tantor Media           11
7.   Get Organized the
     Clear and Simple Way Marla Dee          Glidan Media Corp       6
8.   Outliers             Malcolm Gladwell   Hachette Audio          2
9.   Eat, Pray, Love      Elizabeth Gilbert  Books on Tape          13
10.  The Now Habit        Neil Fiore, Ph.D.  Glidan Media Corp       5
"The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" was the Most Downloaded eBook (Fiction) for the month of January, while "Marley & Me" topped the Most Downloaded eBook (Nonfiction) list. All four books in Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series remained popular in the juvenile fiction eBook and audiobook categories. In juvenile nonfiction, "VocabuLearn® Spanish Word Booster" was the Most Downloaded audiobook and "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" was the Most Downloaded eBook. For the complete lists of Most Downloaded audiobooks and eBooks in all categories, visit

OverDrive powers download media catalogs at 8,500 libraries worldwide, including institutions in New York, Singapore, Boston, and Toronto. To see if your public library is a member of the OverDrive network, visit OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (, a high-tech 18-wheeler that travels coast-to-coast raising awareness about free library downloads.

'Most Downloaded Books from the Library' lists are developed based on a formula that includes books checked out and/or on a waiting list at OverDrive-powered libraries.

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