Public Libraries: Electronic Publishing

Culture Media and Sport written question – answered on 15th May 2013.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Shadow Minister (Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport with reference to the recommendations of the “Independent Review of E-lending in Public Libraries in England”, published in March 2013, when lending rights will be extended to (a) e-books and audiobooks lent on library premises and (b) e-books lent remotely.

Photo of Ed Vaizey Ed Vaizey The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

holding answer 15 May 2013

The Government response to William Sieghart’s review of e-lending in public libraries in England was published on 27 March 2013 and sets out the Government's position in terms of extending public lending right (PLR) to audiobooks and ebooks:

Any proposal for the potential extension of PLR will be communicated in due course, following full consideration of this matter.

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