E book lending should result in PLR payment to the author

The General Secretary of the Society of Authors, Nicola Solomon, has written to Ed Vaizey MP to request a meeting so that Management Committee members can give the views of authors in relation to ebook lending by public libraries.

 The Society of Authors believes that libraries are an essential resource and should receive sufficient funding to update, maintain and augment stock and ensure that an exciting and comprehensive range of books are available for reference and loan. We believe that books, whether physical or digital, must be at the core of any library.

Any ebook lending should result in a PLR payment to the author. The Public Lending Right scheme provides authors with a modest payment each time one of their books is borrowed from a public library. PLR is designed to balance the social need for free public access to books against an author’s right to be remunerated for the use of their work.

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