how the uk library sample affects authors
To try to ensure that local interest writers get a fair - albeit occasional - chance to earn PLR we are obliged to move the sample around with a third of the libraries being replaced each year.
If the area where your books are popular is not currently in the PLR sample,
they will probably not qualify for a PLR payment. However, as approximately
one third of the sample authorities are changed each year, it is likely that
you will have the opportunity to qualify for payment at some stage.
The PLR office does not have any influence over the books which libraries stock. Each library operates their own policy, and stock is either ordered from catalogues (such as the Bookseller) or by their chosen book supplier - based on their community profile.
If you would like to offer copies of your book(s) for sale, the best advice we can offer is to ensure it has an ISBN (so that it appears in the Bookseller etc.). ISBNs can be obtained by contacting the ISBN Agency at the following address:-
Books providing advice regarding self-publishing and marketing will also be available from your local library.
If you would like to offer free copies of your book(s) to PLR sample libraries, please bear the following in mind:
A list of sample libraries is available from the PLR office on request, and also on our website. Addresses of the main library in each authority can be obtained from the following publication; Libraries and Information Services in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which should be available in your local reference library. PLR only holds the addresses of the administrative headquarters of sample libraries - not the addresses of central branches.
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