17,500 Canadian authors receive $9.9 million in Public Lending Right payments

The Public Lending Right Commission (PLRC) announced that 17,487 Canadian writers, translators and illustrators received $9.9 million for the presence of their books in Canadian public libraries in 2010.

“Every day people in communities across the country have free access to great Canadian books, through our public libraries. For the past 25 years, PLRC has been proud to compensate Canadian writers for making their books available to us all – and to recognize the value they bring to readers across Canada,” said Ken McGoogan, chair of the PLRC.

This year, authors received an average payment of $566 and the maximum payment to an author was $3,392. PLR payments are based on the holdings of a representative group of Canadian public libraries. The complete distribution of payments by province can be found on plr-dpp.ca.

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