1 Millionth eBook and eAudiobook Download!

1,000,000 and counting! Hampshire Library Service is proud to announce our millionth eBookand eAudiobook download since we launched our free Overdrive download service.

We have identified the millionth download, a loan of The GIrl Who Ran‘ by Nikki Owen. A very appropriate example of our stock, this is a gripping and powerful thriller that arrived in our libraries just this summer!

Much of our most popular eBook titles are gripping thrillers from recent years, by authors such as Paula Hawkins, Ann Cleeves and Karin Slaughter. The stand-out favourite though has proved to be Lee Child, whose titles populate our entire top-10 list of downloads since the service began in 2010:

Top 10 Fiction eBooks:

Not only that but all 10 titles come from the author’s acclaimed Jack Reacher series. Our most popular download of all is Book 2 of the Jack Reacher series, ‘Die Trying’.

Die Trying
Jack Reacher Series, Book 2
by Lee Child

Jack Reacher, alone, strolling nowhere. A Chicago street in bright sunshine. A young woman, struggling on crutches. He offers her a steadying arm. And turns to see a handgun aimed at his stomach. So begins another tense and gripping tale!

The books eventually inspired 2 movies starring Tom Cruise as the title character, both available in branch on DVD:

Jack Reacher (2013) and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (2017)

Our Overdrive download service also provides a wealth of choice of the more factual reader, but the king of the non-fiction ebooks is certainly Bill Bryson, who provides 4 of the top 10 downloads:

And the most popular non-fiction ebook of all is I’m A Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After 20 Years Away

Delivering the brilliant comic musings that are a Bryson hallmark, I’m a Stranger Here Myself recounts his sometimes disconcerting reunion with the land of his birth.

And finally, if spoken word is more your style then you may well have downloaded The Hunger Games, the first of the highly popular Hunger Games Series.

The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games Series, Book 1
by Suzanne Collins
Read by Carolyn McCormick

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

The top 10 eAudiobooks are however dominated by J.K.Rowlings’ Harry Potter Series, but the entire list is full of titles that appeal to all ages!

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