OverDrive eBook statistics show student lending on the rise


OverDrive eBook statistics show student lending on the rise

Big jump in eBook statistics in 2016

OverDrive have released their 2016 eBook statistics, which show that the number of eBooks and audiobooks borrowed on the OverDrive K-12 digital reading platform rose 48% compared to 2015.

Over the last few years, the Softlink Australian and New Zealand School Library Survey has shown a steady increase in the purchase of eBooks by school libraries (a 30% increase between 2014 and 2015), and these latest figures from OverDrive indicate that with the improved availability, K-12 students are becoming increasingly comfortable with using digital book alternatives.

What were K-12 students reading in 2016?

OverDrive also released lists of the top 5 Children and Young Adult eBooks and Audiobooks for 2016.

Top 5 Children/YA eBooks of 2016

The Long Haul


Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Cabin Fever

Big Nate Makes a Splash

Top 5 Children/YA audiobooks of 2016

The Hunger Games

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

The Maze Runner

The Lightning Thief


How you can improve eBook statistics in your school library?

In-school awareness is key to improving eBook statistics within the school community according to OverDrive. In Indiana, The School City of Hammond, were able to grow their OverDrive checkouts by 183% by steadily working on their student awareness efforts.

They undertook a marketing campaign where they promoted the digital library through in-library and hallway displays (many included QR codes to make it easy for students to borrow eBooks), regular blog posts as well as brochures, bookmarks and other paraphernalia.

The district also put considerable effort into curated collections, where they highlighted eBooks that fit into a variety of themes such as Halloween and holiday reading.

They are aiming to boost their eBook statistics by another 183% in 2017! Read the full article to find out more about what they are doing to get there.

OverDrive eBooks for schools

If you’re looking for ways to engage your students using eBooks and audiobooks, find out more about using OverDrive in your school, or contact the Softlink sales team using our online form.