Authors to get Public Lending Rights on e books and audio books

Good news for authors.  The Digital Economy Bill has been rushed through the Commons before Parliament closes for the general election and one of the clauses is that Public Lending Rights (PLR) has been extended to e books and audio books.

This means that authors will eventually get a small payment every time their e book or audio book is borrowed from a public libary in the UK and Ireland.  At present the PLR on books is 6.5p per loan up to a maximum of £6,000 per annum so even J.K. Rowling only gets 6K.  Still, that can hardly concern her, it's just small chnage.  But the PLR is certainly welcomed by many authors.

Public Lending Right registrar, Jim Parker said work on redrafting legislation would begin after the election. He says, “The collection of data on e-books will be quite different with issues around ISBNs, and with audiobooks we will have two new groups of rightsholders—not just the authors, but also the narrators and producers.”

Mmmm, wonder how it will work? I think it could be some time before I see this inlcuded in my annual PLR statement.

Deadly Waters (the second in the Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime series is available in audio book and as a download)

The Suffocating Sea ( the third in the Inspector Andy Horton marine mystery crime series is available in audio book and as a download).

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