Whenever someone pops into their library and borrows a book, the author receives 6 pence. This is a legal right. But the coalition government, as part of wider cuts, is considering cutting this by 3%, which would make it a 10% cut over three years, in real terms. For many authors, the library is the only place where their book may be picked up, hence an important source of income and a way of assuring that the public continues to receive a wide selection of works to read. The Society of Authors is heading up a petition to protect this right, so please go to their site and sign up.
Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society