Did you know about this? I didn’t know about this.
This being Public Lending Rights (PLR), “the right of authors to receive payment for free public use of their works in libraries.” Author’s have this right pretty much everywhere but America.
Irish writer Maeve Binchy discussed PLRs with the Times of London saying that “many bestselling authors donate their cheques to charity but they remain an important incentive. ‘It’s only fair that if hundreds of people borrow your book, you get paid,’ she said. ‘It’s especially important for those who don’t get huge sales. When you see that PLR written on an envelope your heart soars because it’s never bad news. It’s confirmation people are reading your books.'”
I should think that is good news! I need to know more about this immediately.