SOURCE: OverDrive, Inc.

OverDrive, Inc.

March 04, 2009 07:15 ET

Most Downloaded Books From the Library in February Include "The Associate" and "Plum Spooky"

High Demand for Audiobooks and eBooks From Stephenie Meyer Continues at OverDrive-Powered Libraries

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwire - March 4, 2009) - OverDrive (www.overdrive.com), the leading global distributor of audiobooks and eBooks to libraries, schools, and retailers, today announced the 'Most Downloaded Books from the Library' for February 2009. John Grisham's "The Associate" and Janet Evanovich's "Plum Spooky" jumped ahead of Stephenie Meyer's "The Host" to take the number one and number two spots on the Most Downloaded fiction audiobooks list. Audiobook and eBook titles by Malcolm Gladwell, James Patterson, Barack Obama, and Neil Gaiman were also among the most popular downloads from OverDrive-powered libraries last month.

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 http://www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded.

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

                                                                     Months
Rank   Title                  Author                Publisher       on List
----   -----                  ------                ---------       -------
1.     The Associate          John Grisham          Books on Tape         2
2.     Plum Spooky            Janet Evanovich       BBC Audiobooks        2
                                                     America
3.     The Host               Stephenie Meyer       Books on Tape        10
4.     The Appeal             John Grisham          Books on Tape        13
5.     Atlas Shrugged         Ayn Rand              Blackstone Audio      7
6.     1st to Die             James Patterson       Hachette Audio       14
7.     Scarpetta              Patricia Cornwell     Books on Tape         3
8.     The Curious Case of    F. Scott Fitzgerald   Blackstone Audio      3
        Benjamin Button
        and Other Stories
9.     Pride and Prejudice    Jane Austen           Blackstone Audio     14
10.    7th Heaven             James Patterson,      Books on Tape        13
                               Maxine Paetro

"25 Things to Say to the Interviewer to Get the Job" moved past "The Audacity of Hope" to become the Most Downloaded nonfiction audiobook for the month of February. "The Story of Edgar Sawtelle" remained the Most Downloaded fiction eBook, while "Blink" by Malcolm Gladwell jumped to the top of the eBook nonfiction list. Novels from Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" series again topped both the audiobook and eBook juvenile fiction lists. In juvenile nonfiction, "VocabuLearn® Spanish Word Booster" again topped the Most Downloaded audiobook list and "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist" remained the Most Downloaded eBook. For the complete lists of Most Downloaded audiobooks and eBooks in all categories, visit http://www.overdrive.com/mostdownloaded.

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 http://search.overdrive.com. OverDrive also operates the Digital Bookmobile (www.digitalbookmobile.com), a high-tech 18-wheeler that travels coast-to-coast to public libraries 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 on a waiting list at OverDrive-powered libraries.

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