Government extends Public Lending Right scheme to ebook authors
11 June 2018
From 1 July 2018, the Public Lending Right Scheme will cover
ebooks and e-audiobooks that are loaned from public libraries
across Great Britain. The change means that authors are eligible
for payment in the same way if their works are borrowed
electronically or as physical books.
E-lending in public libraries has risen dramatically in the past
six years. Last year more than 6,750,000 works were borrowed
electronically, compared to just 750,000 in 2011/12.
The UK is one of the first countries to extend its library
lending compensation scheme to remote e-lending.
Libraries Minister Michael Ellis said: "We want to help our
libraries thrive in the digital age.
"This legislation fulfils a manifesto commitment and recognises
the exciting increase in e-lending. By extending the scheme we are
ensuring authors are properly compensated as the ebook industry
continues to grow into the future."
Tom Holland, chair of the PLR Advisory Committee, said: "It is
excellent news that the Government is backing a PLR fit for the
21st century. This will be hugely to the benefit of authors, who
are fully aware that printed books these days are not the only way
of reaching their readers."
The Public Lending Right scheme is managed by the British
Library on behalf of the Government, with more than £6 million of
payments made to 22,000 authors, illustrators, photographers,
translators and rights holders each year.
See the UK Government Press Release of 7 June 2018 and the PLR pages
on the British