Vaizey confirms PLR extension

Vaizey confirms PLR extension

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has confirmed that the Government will implement changes in the Public Lending Right (PLR) to extend it to the e-books and audiobooks borrowed from libraries.

The Government had recently announced plans to consult on the matter, after the Sieghart Review into e-lending at public libraries recommended that PLR be expanded to pay authors for digital loans.

However Vaizey has now written to the SoA and confirmed that the Government plans to implement the changes in time for the PLR loans sample year beginning in July 2014. The changes will only apply to loans made on site in libraries, and not to those digital loans made remotely. The letter added that it would also consult on the extension plans in the autumn.

The letter also confirms that PLR scheme will have its funding maintained at the 2014-15 level of £6.745m into 2015-16.

PLR pays out money to authors for each loan of their book made from a public library, at a rate of 6.2p a loan.