Editor’s Note: The following post concerns a topic which might be unfamiliar to US readers: Public Lending Rights. This is a program where libraries pay authors and publishers each time one of their books are borrowed by a patron. The US is one of the few English-speaking countries which does not have PLR, but it is common in Europe and in Great Britain’s former colonies.
When libraries lend books to the public, authors and publishers receive remuneration from the Government under the Lending Rights schemes, but this is not the case when libraries lend e-books. Is this fair?