Today we released the 2009 milestones in library downloading. Wow, what a year. Thank you to all of our library partners for making 2009 a record-breaker for library downloads.

I won’t reprint the entire press release, but here is a summary of key statistics and milestones:

• 401 million website pages viewed by library patrons (69 percent growth over 2008) and 8.7 million digital titles checked out (63 percent increase over 2008)
• 4 billion minutes of spoken word audio downloaded from library websites
• 70 percent increase in audiobook checkouts over 2008, while eBook checkouts increased by 53 percent
• 40 percent increase in new library users over 2008
• OverDrive’s digital catalog for libraries grew to 300,000 titles with the addition of 100,000 eBooks, 27,000 audiobooks, and 4,000 music and video titles
• Using new Facebook and Twitter sharing features, library users shared what they were downloading from their library thousands of times
• OverDrive launched mobile versions of nearly all library download websites and released audiobook apps for Windows Mobile and Android phones

In addition, we posted 2009’s Most Download Books from the Library in the adult categories in the press release. Here, exclusively on the blog, are the most downloaded juvenile books of 2009:

Most Downloaded Juvenile Fiction Audiobooks from the Library (2009)
(Title, Author, Publisher)

1. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer, Listening Library
2. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Listening Library
3. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer, Listening Library
4. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer, Listening Library
5. Brisingr, Christopher Paolini, Listening Library

Most Downloaded Juvenile Fiction eBooks from the Library (2009)
(Title, Author, Publisher)

1. Eclipse, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
2. Twilight, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
3. New Moon, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
4. Breaking Dawn, Stephenie Meyer, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
5. The Angel Experiment, James Patterson, Orbit

Most Downloaded Juvenile Nonfiction Audiobooks from the Library (2009)
(Title, Author, Publisher)

1. Night, Elie Wiesel, Audio Bookshelf,LLC
2. VocabuLearn Spanish Word Booster, Penton Overseas, Inc., Penton Overseas, Inc.
3. Hear-SayTM Spanish, Penton Overseas, Inc., Donald S. Rivera
4. Amelia Earhart, Books In Motion, Lori Van Pelt
5. Blizzard!, Jim Murphy, Audio Bookshelf,LLC

Most Downloaded Juvenile Nonfiction eBooks from the Library (2009)
(Title, Author, Publisher)

1. Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson, Penguin USA, Inc.
2. 1,001 Facts About Dinosaurs, Neil Clark, Dorling Kindersley Limited
3. After School Reading Activities: Grade 1, School Specialty Publishing, School Specialty Publishing
4. After School Reading Activities: Grade 2, School Specialty Publishing, School Specialty Publishing
5. After School Reading Activities: Grade 3, School Specialty Publishing, School Specialty Publishing

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