As a follow-up to my recent post about the threatened cuts to the Public Lending Right, I was happy to get an email this afternoon from the Society of Authors telling me about a petition they’ve organised with other groups to defend PLR from cuts. I’ve signed the petition and would urge other writers, or any other people who think writers should get a small amount of money when their books are borrowed from the library, to sign it as well.
It’s sad to see that the budget for Public Lending Right is being cut by the new Tory/LibDem government. It’s a worthwhile scheme that provides income to writers. OK, at six pence per loan it’s not a huge amount, but every little helps. It’s sad that having spent billions on wars and bank bailouts, the government suddenly finds that it needs to save money, and it’s things like libraries and arts funding that get cut. Mind you, they are still happy to spend £100 billion replacing a nuclear submarine that… Read More