Robert J. Sawyer

Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning Science Fiction Writer

Archive for the 'PLR' Category

Public Lending Right 2010

Friday, February 19th, 2010

I’ve been telling other writers about Canada’s Public Lending Right system for 18 years now, and it always amazes me that some Canadian authors still haven’t bothered to register. The Public Lending Right compensates (to some degree) Canadian authors for the loss of royalty income they have because their books are in public libraries. Most [...]

Hey, this scheme really works! I just got $2,800!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

No, it’s not a scam — it’s the Canadian government’s annual kickback to Canadian writers to compensate them for their lost royalties on copies of their books circulated in libraries. Just about every Western country except the United States has such a scheme. I’ve got so many books, I easily get the maximum payout each [...]

Public Lending Right

Friday, February 17th, 2006

Things like the Book Lover’s Ball (see the next entry) are one of the reasons I love being an author in Canada — it’s hard to imagine a genre-fiction writer being so well treated in the States. Another thing I love is that my federal government sends me a kickback every February to compensate me [...]