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Pauline Rowson crime novels top charts of most borrowed from libraries

The Public Lending Rights (PLR) league table for the most borrowed authors from British Libraries puts Pauline Rowson in the top 1.7%. This includes authors of all genres and children’s authors, reflecting the increasing popularity of her Portsmouth based detective, DI Andy Horton and her standalone thrillers, and reinforcing her as one of the UK’s most promising emerging crime writers.

Public Lending Right (PLR) allows authors to receive payment under PLR legislation for the loans of their books by public libraries. Payments are made annually on the basis of loans data collected from a sample of public libraries in the UK. Crime and thriller authors, almost all American, make up every one of the top 10 most borrowed titles from UK libraries between July 2010 and June 2011 but do not receive UK PLR payments.

PLR systems have been established in many countries around the world including Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, France and Ireland. British authors can benefit from PLR payments in these countries which have a reciprocal agreement with the UK.

The government announced that it will not be extending PLR at this time to audio books and e books lent out by public libraries as enabled by the Digital Economy Act 2010. PLR registration, therefore, remains restricted to books which are ‘printed and bound.’

Pauline Rowson says, 'I'd like to thank all readers who have borrowed my books from libraries across the UK and overseas.’

Pauline Rowson's books are also published in America and are extensively loaned throughout America and Commonwealth Libraries. 


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