Fantasies Among UK’s Most Stolen Books

UK bookshops suffer an estimated 100 million book thefts a year, feeding a black market worth about £750 million. While London A-Zs: London Street Atlas leads the list of Ten Most Stolen Books, it’s joined on the list by several fantasy novels, with #3 being Terry Pratchett’s The Colour of Magic, #4 J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and #6 Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, specifically, the 50th Anniversary Edition of the trilogy.

Tamer library customers are no less passionate about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and have made it Britain’s most borrowed book according to the UK’s Public Lending Right, a government-funded group that arranges payment to the authors of books stocked in public libraries.

[Thanks to Andrew Porter for the link.]

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