Wednesday, June 30, 2010

British Authors Fear A Cut In Income That We've Never Had

At least I've sure never heard of it.

In merry old England they have something known as the Public Lending Right, which provides published authors with " a legal right to payment from government each time their books are borrowed from public libraries." We're talking six pence each time one of their books is loaned up to a cap of 6,600 pounds. (I'm guessing that's a year and not in the lifetime of the book, but I didn't actually find that spelled out.) Nobody is going to get rich on that, but talk about a bit of a safety net.

Of course, times being what they are, the PLR's budget is being cut.

I found this by way of ArtsJournal, another place I haven't visited in a long time.

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