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Lending Rights schemes worth $21.8m in 2018–19

The federal government has announced that more than 16,300 authors, publishers and illustrators will receive $21.8 million through its Lending Rights schemes in 2018–19.

The figures are down slightly on the previous year, with 17,000 lending rights payments worth a total of $22.3 million paid in 2017–18.

The Lending Rights scheme compensates authors and publishers for the free use of their books in Australian public and educational libraries. Arts minister Paul Fletcher said, ‘Libraries are an important source of literature for Australians, with more than six million people visiting libraries in 2017–18. These schemes support our creators to make their work available to people of all ages and backgrounds.’


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