Under UK law, authors are paid a small royalty up to a certain annual amount any time someone checks out one of their print-books from a library. UK authors are now calling on the government to extend the practice to e-books (Pay us for library ebook loans, say authors):
Authors are calling on the government to remunerate them when their ebooks are lent from libraries, calling it “patently unjust” that digital titles are currently borrowed with no payment made to the writer.
Authors are paid 6.05p every time their physical books are borrowed from the UK’s public libraries, up to a maximum of £6,600, under the government-funded Public Lending Right scheme. But ebooks and audiobooks, a growing sector for library users, are not currently included in the scheme, even though the Digital Economy Act of 2010 paved the way for this to be done.
Read more at the Guardian.