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Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Top 1,000 Titles Owned by U.S. Libraries

An interesting column appeared in the January 9 issue of Publishers Weekly identifying the 1,000 “most-owned” titles by U.S. libraries. In her column, Sara Nelson questioned which of today’s books will still be read in 50 or 100 years and then took a reflective look at the books that have survived through the ages. Here are some of the books she listed and their respective ranks:

1 The Bible
3 Mother Goose by Tomie dePaola
8 The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
10 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
28 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
30 Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
32 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
110 The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
160 The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
186 MLA Handbook for Writers
350 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
351 The Autobiography of Malcolm X
469 The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
473 Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
543 The Encyclopaedia Britannica
700 The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans
707 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

To see where your favorite book ranks, visit the OCLC Top 1000 website.

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