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National Library’s 2011 statistics released

The National Taiwan Library on July 22 last year.

Photo: Pan Hsing-hui, Liberty Times

The National Taiwan Library released its statistics for all items checked out in 2011 on Monday. In total, there were 360,854 checkouts for 1,260,352 books, making for an average of 3.5 books per reader for the year.

A further analysis of the interests and behaviors of readers showed that young adults between the ages of 25 and 44 accounted for the largest group of people borrowing books at 50 percent, while middle-aged adults between 45 and 64 came in second, accounting for 22 percent.

The greatest number of books checked out by a single person was as high as 853 books, while the family that checked out the most books had borrowed 1,052 books. The language category was the most popular book category. Art books came in second and applied sciences came in third.

It was apparent that readers have diversified reading habits from the ranking of all books checked out. Among all of the literary books checked out, fantasy novels were the most popular, accounting for 11 of the top 20 books.

According to the ranking of items readers placed on hold, the literature category was the highest with 14 genres in all. Among these items the most popular novel was Giddens Ko’s (Jiubadao) semi-autobiographical novel You Are the Apple of My Eye, which was adapted into a film of the same name that he also directed. The book of the year about the man of the year — the biography Steve Jobs — was placed on hold as soon as it hit the shelves. As for audio-visual items, the nostalgic anime series Candy Candy and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer were both very hot items also placed on hold.








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