Blog Post 4 -Blog Post 4 – PLR and CC – due Saturday February 11th @ 11:59pm

Complete Part One and Part Two.

Part one:  What is the Public Lending Right Program?  Why was it established? Post your answers on your blog.  Read:  Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free‘ (By: Noah Richler Published on Sat Dec 20 2014).  What is TPL’s policy now?  What are the issues presented by Richler? What do YOU think? Why? Post your answer on your blog.


The Public Lending Right Program is the payments for Canadian authors to have access to their works such as a books, translations, illustrations and photography that is peer-reviewed or popular. This program was established to authors to get their payment for the cost of their books. The official date for this will be Feb 15th 2017. In the article, Toronto Public Library sadly embraces ‘culture of free‘ is about getting new Canadian books for less of the price. ONLY the books that are very popular on demand and on the best seller lists and awards list such as the Scotiabank Giller and Governor-General’s Literary Award for Fiction. I see both sides, however I think I disagree with the decision. As a reader, I know that books are hefty since the dollar has been decreasing in the last years, that publishers double the amount of the book its worth on audio and e-books. I love getting books on sale, online with and Book Depository for less. If I really love the book after reading in the library, I run to the nearest bookstore and grab a copy and advance copies are the best. I like reading them and reviewing them.  THIS however, is cheap and feels out of respect to the writers. I understand if this was a way for a smaller library, however this is the Toronto Public Library- largest in our country – that is wanting to turn away from buying the books and using a silly system that only wants certain books only for when it’s in season. Writers do not make millions or thousands of dollars that people think they do. Books net are always dropping and increasing. Some books one month will do well, while others not so much.

It’s not fluffy clouds and rainbows! Not every author is a prize Scotia Bank Giller.  In an article, Can you afford to be a writer? from the Toronto Star, Author Thurston breaks down the proceeds of a book: traditionally the author gets 10 per cent — so $3 for a $30 book — the bookseller gets 40 per cent, so $12, and the publisher would get the rest: $15 (Dundas, 2014).  Writing a book is not a overnight job. It can take years for a book to be finished and then published. Readers do not know the process of finishing a draft to a completed book for it to be in store. Its tough work. When I went to a author event in October, An author who is a best seller in the New York Times She went through many rejections and at least three publishers before her books made it to a shelf. She is a American author. It is much harder for Canadian authors. The cost of her time writing and pushing for her book to be on a shelf is more than what authors are being paid for. Another author, I met who is Canadian has a second job. She is not a writer full-time, its her side job.  Another issue is the small amount of changes from the Copyright Act in 2012. It may have slight chances to the education, but it has reduced the income for writers significantly. What about for new debut authors?

They say Libraries are writers are their best friends. Right? This is like punching the writer in the face.  How are libraries supporting writers if to getting their books the cheapest way. I rather the libraries purchase books by from Amazon and big box stores such as Walmart and Costco. Writers should feel that their books mean something more and that rich and prosper libraries such as the Toronto Public Libraries can afford books. Embracing the “Culture is free” is fair and fine, this program is not.

  1. I am sorry if this a better alternative for libraries to get more books in for the public to access, I will not support this “program” to get more access for the public.  Looking at the Toronto Public Library guidelines for the program,  I agreed for what you are wanting for the collection but the ones that are not popalur or not on your list – where do they go? In the pile for book sales that’s where. I just think this is not the option espically since they want to promote authors. 

Work Cited 

Dundas, D. (2014). Can you afford to be a writer? | Toronto Star. Retrieved 6 February 2017, from

Featured Image 

Photography by Maddi Clark, 2016. 

Part two:  Go to Creative Commons.  Find an image with a CC by 2.0 licence.  Create a citation for it. Post the image and your citation on your blog.


Image by Region of Waterloo Library. CC.2.0


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