Jeanne Boyarsky wrote:
One of the objections to the library is that it "doesn't help the authors." I don't get this. The library paid for its copies. How is this any different than me buying a copy and selling it as soon as I am done. Or me buying a used a copy. I keep my computer books for reference. I keep very few novels or other books. Even a series I bought (because the library doesn't own it), I'm giving away when I'm done.
In publishing authors are usually paid royalties based on number of books sold. Since there is no sale in kindle unlimited, or prime, I don't think a royalty is paid. Publishers control distribution rights so the publisher would decide if the kindle edition was speech enabled or can be loaned. Authors self-publishing may be pushed to be involved. Amazon can be heavy handed. When I was a book publisher I took a loss on books I sold on Amazon but I sold books there so people could find the author and hopefully, next sale, buy from a store that took less of a fee.
The library question is an old debate. An author gets huge exposure when a library buys their book and the book finds new readers. But does the library owning a copy stop someone from buying it instead so losing the author sales? If 100 people get the book at the library the author has lost royalties on 99 books.
I have many friends that will buy the new book because they don't want to wait months for the library book. I think the exposure in the library outweighs the possible lost sales.
The Canadian PLR program is great. It would be nice if other countries did the same.