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20 November 2019

Irish PLR annual statements and payments

This year’s Rate Per Loan for the Irish PLR Scheme is 4.12 cent.

Irish PLR statements are now available to view via your online account (if you are synchronised with both UK and Irish PLR schemes). Online statements are provided regardless of whether there is a payment due. If you do not have an online account you will receive a paper statement. Please note that paper statements are only sent to those who are due to receive a payment (i.e. your registered titles earn €2 or more).

If your payment is being made directly from the UK PLR office and not via a collecting society such as ICLA or ALCS, payment will be made between 4-11 December 2019.  Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change as soon as possible to prevent delay in receiving your payment.  You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.  Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.




1 October 2019

PLR 40th Celebration and International PLR Conference

UK PLR celebrated its 40th birthday last week by holding a reception in the Knowledge Centre at The British Library, St Pancras. Attendees included registered authors, members of DCMS, The Society of Authors and ALCS. Representatives from PLR’s Advisory Committee and British Library SLT joined the PLR team to celebrate this prestigious occasion.

Barbara Hayes, Chair of PLR International, led a 15 minute conversation with Maureen Duffy one of the original campaigners for Public Lending Right. Maureen spoke about the importance of authors being both recognised and rewarded and the value of libraries. Jim Parker, PLR International Co-ordinator, presented her with a gift in recognition of her contribution to PLR. Kate Ebdon, Head of PLR, was presented with a birthday card from Nicola Solomon, The Society of Authors. Many of their members had kindly added special messages as celebration of PLR’s work. During the evening Chris Riddell, illustrator of children’s books, created a collection of drawings including one of the birthday cake.

This 40th celebration opened PLR’s 13th International Conference which the British Library were delighted to hold.  Kate Ebdon, Head of UK PLR gave a presentation on “UK PLR 40 years on”. During the two day conference a number of panel sessions were held, which included “PLR developments outside Europe” and “PLR inAfrica: where we are and hopes for the future”. Delegates took the opportunity throughout the conference to share their experiences of PLR in their country with those who are plan to introduce a system. The message throughout was that authors greatly value the work of PLR. Although the money is lovely, in the words of Maureen Duffy “”What is important is that I can see, as an author that I am being READ.”


7 August 2019

Most borrowed authors and books in UK libraries

The latest annual data released today shows the most borrowed authors and books in UK public libraries during 2017-18

Children's authors dominate public library loans figures, as James Patterson tops the list for the twelfth consecutive year. (click here to read more)

What’s happening in your local library? – Fascinating regional variations in borrowing data... (click here to read more)

Further information on the nation’s book borrowing tastes such as the most borrowed authors and titles, as well as the titles of choice on topics such as 'Mindfulness and Wellbeing', 'Sport' and 'Travel' can be found in the Media Centre area of the PLR website.

Due to on-going development work on the PLR system, these 2017-18 releases had been deferred from the usual February publication date. The later publication of these releases has had no impact on the calculation and distribution of payments for these PLR loans which were made in February 2019


20 June 2019

Deadline fast approaching - Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 30 June 2019 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Friday 28 June 2019.

The quickest way to apply to register your published titles is online.

You can also use an application form which you can print from our website, or you can request a form to be posted to you.


26 April 2019

Reminder - Don't forget to register your Ebooks and E audio-books!

Following on from the technical amendments to the UK PLR Scheme last Summer, this is first year that the loans of e-books and e-audio-books from Public Libraries are eligible for PLR payments.

All online applications need to be submitted by midnight Sunday 30th June 2019, and postal applications should be received by Friday 28th June 2019.

If you are having problems locating the ISBNs of your non print material, information can be found on your Royalty statement, or your Publisher should be able to help.

NB: Non-print material does not qualify for registration with the Irish PLR scheme and will not be listed on confirmation prints and statements.

For further details can be found here


 

4 April 2019

Registration reminder for UK and Irish PLR schemes

Online applications must be submitted by midnight on Sunday 30 June 2019 to be included in the year end calculations. Postal applications must also be received by no later than Friday 28 June 2019.

You can apply to register your published titles online or via an application form. Alternatively you can request a form to be posted to you.


1 February 2019

UK PLR payments have been made

UK PLR statements were released on 18 January 2019 and payments have now been made with over 22,000 benefiting.

Here are a few of the responses from authors on Twitter:

Lloyd Shepherd @lloydshep Jan 20@lloydshep Jan 20

Gosh it's @PLR_UK time again. Every year it takes me by surprise, both in timing and in amount of borrows people have made of my books. The money   helps, but so does the affirmation - even (especially) when you’ve not had a book out for nearly (gulp) four years. 


Tony White @ Tony_White_Jan 20 

Thank you @PLR_UK , in your 40th anniversary year! And with so many UK public libraries closing & librarians losing their jobs, it's important to also thank the professionals & library users who campaign to keep public libraries open AND staffed !  


James Mayhew @mrjamesmayhew Jan 22

The biggest shout out to the @PLR_UK folk, libraries, librarians and those who borrow books. You are all amazing. Authors and illustrators would struggle to survive without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH for all the hard work. And now, a curtain call for my most borrowed title:


Ross Montgomery @mossmontgomery Jan 22

This is your friendly neighbourhood author reminding you, once again, that @PLR_UK is the absolute best thing ever. For the love of god, authors, sign up for it - a list of how many people have taken out your book in libraries this year! And you get paid for it!! 

 

Ruth Ware @ RuthWareWriter Jan 28

The best thing about @PLR_UK isn't the money (although paying authors for their work is GREAT, don't get me wrong). It's tangible evidence that thousands of people have borrowed your book from a public library. If one of those people was you, THANK YOU.


Clare Elsom @ClareElsom Jan 31

You guys are amazing!

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8 January 2019

UK PLR statements will be released shortly!

Online statements - An email will be sent to those who have an activated online account to advise that their statement is available. Users may then log into their secure online account to view/print their statement.

Paper statements - will be posted second class to those who do not have an online account. Please note that you will only receive a statement if you are due to receive a payment (ie if your books earn £1 or more). This is to reduce administration and postage costs - online statements will still be available regardless of the amount earned.

Payments will be made later in January. Please ensure that your bank details are up to date and advise us of any change as soon as possible to prevent delay in receiving your payment.

You can update your address and bank details in writing or via the online service. We can also accept changes of address (but not bank details) over the telephone, subject to verification being provided.

Please note that we are unable to accept changes to either address or bank details via email.

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…“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.