Most borrowed authors archive

PLR's archive listings of the most borrowed authors in UK public libraries.

The top 20 listings are broken down into adult and children's categories. The top 100/250/400/500 listings are a combination of both categories.

These lists include authors who are registered with PLR as well as others who are dead or otherwise ineligible for remuneration under the PLR Scheme. Illustrators of books which have a separate writer have not been included.

2014-15

Top 20s 
Top 500

2013-14

Top 20s 
Top 500

2012-13

Top 20s
Top 500

2011-12

Top 20s
Top 400

2010-11

Top 20s
Top 400

2009-10

Top 20s
Top 400

2008-09

Top 20s
Top 250

2007-08

Top 20s
Top 250

2006-07

Top 20s
Top 250

2005-06

Top 20s
Top 250

2004-05

Top 20s
Top 100

2003-04

Top 20s
Top 100

2002-03

Top 20s
Top 100

2001-02

Top 20s
Top 100

2000-01

Top 20s
Top 100

1999-00

Top 20s
Top 100

1998-99

Top 20s
Top 100

1997-98

Top 20s
Top 100

1996-97

Top 20s
Top 100

1995-96

Top 20s
Top 100

1994-95

Top 20s
Top 100

1993-94

Top 20s
Top 100

1992-93

Top 20s
Top 100

1991-92

Top 20s
Top 100

1990-91

Top 20s
Top 100


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UK PLR statements released

23 January 2018

UK PLR statements were released on 17 January and over 22,000 authors will receive a payment in February 2018

Update on PLR service review

11 December 2017

Update on the PLR review and planned changes to the service

Proposed improvements to PLR - summary of responses

20 November 2017

What you said when the Head of Operations North at the British Library asked for your views on proposed improvements to PLR

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PLR case studies

…“The financial support is invaluable – translators don’t always get a royalty so PLR is really precious. Equally important is the symbolic recognition of our stake in a book. While it is taken for granted that an author has a stake in a book it is not always remembered that a translator does too.”…

Daniel Hahn, translator and writer, registered for PLR on the publication of his first translation. He values highly the existence of the built-in PLR share to which all translators are entitled. Having translated 35 books and written several others since 2007, Daniel outlined his career as a translator and how he works.

…“I expected pennies and I got pounds! Quite a few more than I had expected. How many times in somebodies life do you get something for nothing?”…

Audio-book narrator Jeff Harding, registered for his PLR share in an astonishing 658 audio books when the extension of UK PLR to non-print material was first introduced in July 2014. He currently has over 700 titles registered. Jeff describes the skills of narration and explains what PLR means to him.

…Tracy Chevalier, Alexis Deacon and S F Said tells us why it is important that contributors register for PLR, how easy it is to apply and the value of PLR to them.…

Watch our short video in which authors Tracy Chevalier and S F Said and writer / illustrator Alexis Deacon talk about why eligible contributors should register for payment through the government-funded PLR scheme.