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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Let the government know your views on the matter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to:
London SW1A 2BQ