One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) the right of authors to receive payment when their books or other works are lent out by public libraries.
- ‘This novel has tremendous narrative grip and has commanded a readership second only to Watership Down in the public lending right figures.’
- ‘I know that the books are read, because I receive income from the public lending right scheme.’
- ‘I can't say that it was a bestseller, but it was bought by quite a few public libraries, and the public lending right payments show that it is being read.’
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