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Bridges, the ebook and audiobook consortium run by the State Library for Iowa Libraries, celebrated more than 2.4 million checkouts by Iowans in 2022 — the highest year ever for digital checkouts.

To be exact, Bridges circulated 2,404,576 articles in 2022, including 1,187,411 ebooks, 1,120,767 audiobooks, and 94,939 magazines.

“Digital content remains in high demand among Iowa library patrons,” said Michael Scott, State Librarian. “Iowanians appreciate the convenience of accessing library materials from their homes. The State Library is pleased to offer libraries the opportunity to deliver digital collections through the Bridges consortium on a larger scale than they could do on their own.

2022 Most Popular Bridges

Thrillers and book club fiction were the most popular genres on Bridges’ top 10 ebook and audiobook lists. Author Colleen Hoover, who enjoys a surge in popularity among readers, has made a total of four appearances on both lists. Magazine titles, a new resource available in Bridges, covered a range of topics in the most popular list for 2022.

The top 10 ebooks released in 2022:

1. “The Four Winds: A Novel” by Kristin Hanna

2. “The Last Thing He Said to Me: A Novel” by Laura Dave

3. “Truth” by Colleen Hoover

4. “The Girl in Her Shadow: A Novel” by Audrey Blake

5. “Apples never fall” by Liane Moriarty

6. “With Us It Ends: A Novel” by Colleen Hoover

7. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

8. “The Lincoln Highway: A Novel” by Amor Towles

9. “The Judge’s List: A Novel” by John Grisham

10. “Ugly Love: A Novel” by Colleen Hoover

Top 10 popular audiobooks in 2022:

1. “Where the Crawdads Sing (unabridged)” by Delia Owens

2. “The four winds: a novel (unabridged)” by Kristin Hanna

3. “The Last Thing He Said to Me: An (Uncut) Novel” by Laura Dave

4. “Everything Ends With Us (unabridged)” by Colleen Hoover

5. “The silent patient (unabridged)” by Alex Michaelides

6. “The Guest List: A Novel (Unabridged)” by Lucy Foley

7. “Apples Never Fall (Uncut)” by Liane Moriarty

8. “The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo: A Novel (Unabridged)” by Taylor Jenkins Reid

9. “Before We Were Yours: An (Uncut) Novel” by Lisa Wingate

10. “Educated: A Memoir (unabridged)” by Tara Westover



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