Authors to get a little extra from library loans

The Sunday Times – Ireland reports the heque will soon be in the post for Irish authors: they are to be paid a royalty every time one of their books is borrowed from a public library.

Under pressure from the European commission, the government will this week announce the creation of a public lending right (PLR) which should mean a financial windfall for writers from next year.
Officials say the PLR will not be funded out of the existing library budget but from additional money provided by the exchequer.