From July 1, the Public Lending Right Scheme will cover ebooks and e-audiobooks that are loaned from public libraries across Great Britain. The change means that authors are eligible for payment in the same way if their works are borrowed electronically or as physical books.E-lending in public libraries has risen dramatically in the past six years. Last year more than 6,750,000 works were borrowed electronically, compared to just 750,000 in 2011/12.The UK is one of the first countries to extend its library lending compensation scheme to remote e-lending.Libraries Minister Michael Ellis said: “We want to help our libraries thrive in the digital age.“This legislation fulfils a manifesto commitment and recognises the exciting increase in e-lending. By extending the scheme we are ensuring authors are properly compensated as the ebook industry continues to grow into the future.”Tom Holland, chair of the PLR Advisory Committee, said: “It is excellent news that the Government is backing a PLR fit for the 21st century. This will be hugely to the benefit of authors, who are fully aware that printed books these days are not the only way of reaching their readers.”The Public Lending Right scheme is managed by the British Library on behalf of the Government, with more than £6 million of payments made to 22,000 authors, illustrators, photographers, translators and rights holders each year.
“You are going to see me back in the theater in the spring…Nothing’s finalized yet but I feel safe enough to say it, in Night of the Iguana on Broadway, so I’m looking forward to that,” he said at a Times Talks event. The Emmy winner added, “I’m also very excited about something I might be doing in London in September/October.” No theater or dates have been confirmed for the revival. The Night of the Iguana is the story of Rev. Lawrence Shannon (Lewis), a defrocked Episcopal minister, and his fight to keep his personal demons at bay. He leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast and comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. The play was adapted by Williams from his 1948 short story and premiered on Broadway in 1961. It was last revived on the Great White Way in 1996, starring William Peterson, Cherry Jones and Marsha Mason. The 1964 film version was directed by John Huston and starred Richard Burton, Ava Gardner and Deborah Kerr. Lewis frequently spent time on stage before he began his run on Homeland and was recently rumored to be attached to a West End revival of Me and My Girl. He played Laertes in the 1995 Broadway production of Hamlet and the title role of the Shakespeare classic in London. His film and TV credits include Band of Brothers, Your Highness, Life and Dreamcatcher. He will star opposite Tony winner Mark Rylance in the upcoming television adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall. Former Homeland star Damian Lewis is eyeing his Broadway return. The actor says he’s planning to headline Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana on the Great White Way in 2015. View Comments Cherry Jones Star Files Mark Rylance