Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Jacqueline Wilson overtakes J K Rowling as the writer whose books are most stolen from Scotland's libraries
"Jacqueline Wilson has overtaken Harry Potter author JK Rowling as the writer whose books are most stolen from Scotland's libraries. Taxpayers are footing an annual bill of GBP659,294 for the unreturned books with 129,450 disappearing from the shelves. The 2009 bill, revealed through the Freedom of Information Act, is nearly three times the previous year's GBP223,463 library book debt. Edinburgh-based Rowling's Harry Potter books have slipped from the top spot to sixth in the most-stolen list. Thieves have instead been taking work by the likes of children's author Wilson, American thriller writer James Patterson and romance novelist Nora Roberts. More books were unreturned at Scottish Borders Council libraries than anywhere else last year. The authority cannot account for 11,918 books"