J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series dominated OverDrive's Most Downloaded lists during its first full month on "virtual library" shelves.

As predicted by this guy last month, PotterMORE is right! Harry Potter titles accounted for a startling 64 percent of the top Juvenile Fiction eBook and Audiobook titles downloaded in April, occupying 51 of 80 possible positions on OverDrive’s Most Downloaded Books from the Library lists for the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia.

What does this mean for libraries? Holds! Luckily, you can meet your patrons’ demand for Harry Potter by chasing the Golden Snitch into Content Reserve and filling holds right from the homepage of Marketplace.

If darker “games” are more your speed, you’ll find plenty of doom and gloom among other Most-Downloaded incumbents. Continuing their dominance from previous months, the Hunger Games trilogy accounts for the top three Juvenile audiobooks on the global list for April, while Fifty Shades of Grey is the No. 1 eBook and audiobook in the U.S. and Canada. The Black Echo (No. 4 eBook in Australia) and 206 Bones (No. 7 Audiobook in the U.K.) also reflect readers’ tastes for dark subject matter.

Looking for some fresh blood to offer your patrons? Lurking in the shadows of April were Kate Wilhelm’s mysterious audiobook Death of an Artist, which was No. 10 on the Canadian Fiction list, and Drift, the eBook from Rachel Maddow that chronicles a disturbing shift in war and peace ideals. Maddow debuts at No. 10 on the U.S. nonfiction eBook list, where she joins Cheryl Strayed, who finally rests at No. 8 following the 1,100-mile journey that provides the subject matter for her autobiographical title, Wild.

Clouds covered the OverDrive offices throughout the month of April, but we expect sunshine to brighten our skies for May. The Most Downloaded lists will undoubtedly follow. Contact us, and we’ll help shine some rays on your collection!

The Most Downloaded Books from the Library lists are organized by subject and format, and compiled based on activity at more than 18,000 libraries in the OverDrive global network. You can view these lists and add the titles to your collection in Content Reserve.

Jason Sockel is a Collection Development Associate at OverDrive.

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