ARE YOU A PUBLISHED UK AUTHOR WITH YOUR BOOKS IN LIBRARIES?
Don’t forget to register for your Public Lending Right. If your printed books and audio-books are borrowed from UK public libraries you may be eligible for payment through the government-funded Public Lending Right scheme. All you have to do is apply to the PLR office for registration and provide details of your books. Writers, illustrators, photographers, editors, translators, narrators, producers and abridgers can apply. Where there is more than one contributor to a book the PLR is shared. Anyone resident in the UK or in any of the other countries within the European Economic Area can apply. The amount payable is based on the estimated number of times registered books are borrowed nationally during the PLR year (1 July – 30 June). Payments are made annually each February. (There were over 22,000 recipients in 2018 of payments between £1 and £6,600.) There are no joining or membership fees (you are not allowed to apply on behalf of a deceased author).
The website to apply for PLR is http://www.bl.uk/plr
Register for an account, add your bank details, and after a few days when your account has been verified (you’ll need to send 2 utility bills or a mortgage statement) you will be able to add your books. Also, if you are a UK publisher, then the British Library needs to have one printed copy of your paperbacks within one month of publication.