Your views needed: PLR increase

The 2018 rate of PLR, recommended by the British Library Board, is 8.2 pence per loan, an increase of .38 pence over last year.

Sadly, the proposed increase is not because the government is increasing funding but because library cuts mean that the estimated number of PLR-registered loans has decreased.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is seeking authors' views on the matter. The SoA accepts the new rate, but we have the following three recommendations:

  1. PLR continues to be an important source of earnings for authors. We urge the government to ring-fence and increase the (already meagre) PLR fund in any future spending review.
  2. The decreased estimate for PLR-registered loans is disheartening, doubtless caused by cuts to library services and exclusion of some volunteer-run libraries from PLR. We urge the government to include volunteer-run libraries in PLR.
  3. The library service is under serious threat. We urge the Government to fulfil its obligation to provide, protect and maintain a comprehensive and efficient library service.

That said, we are very pleased to note that the government included in the Digital Economy Bill a clear solution to extend PLR to ebooks and audiobooks.

Read the DCMS announcement.

Let the government know your views on the matter by emailing, or by writing to:

4th Floor
Parliament Street
London SW1A 2BQ


Julia Newsome (09/12/2017 08:40)
" Would it be possible to assign a prescribed sum from Lottery profits to the Library Service across the country?
This could be partly used to,prevent more closures (so much to each county council perhaps?) and partly to fund PLR to volunteer libraries."
James Green (24/11/2017 08:36)
" Why not extend it to the sale of 2nd hand books on-line? That way we [authors] might get something."
Frances Brody (18/11/2017 11:13)
" While I welcome the PLR increase, I am disheartened by the continued severe cuts to public libraries. I recently gave a talk at Frecheville Library, Sheffield, a good little library that serves the community. It is run by energetic and enthusiastic volunteers who will shortly not even have their overheads covered by Sheffield Council. I do not blame Sheffield Council. The government needs to recognise the importance of libraries and turn back the tide of closures. While at that Frecheville Library, I learned that Sheffield Central Library - a jewel of architecture and an impressive resource - is to be sold to a Chinese company for use as a hotel."

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