2013-14 Author Payments

Statistics - February 2014

 

Registered authors:

20,219

Authors receiving payments:

18,668

Eligible titles in PLR database:  

91,738

Titles found:  

77,479

Total amount paid to authors:

$9,762,247.40

Minimum author payment

$25.00

Maximum author payment

$3,679.90

Average author payment:

$523.00

Median author payment:           

$236.56


Province

Number
of authors

Total Paid

Newfoundland and Labrador

264

$99,076

Nova Scotia

676

$254,052

Prince Edward Island

80

$34,164

New Brunswick

418

$163,490

Quebec

6,498

$4,285,054

Ontario

5,833

$2,771,595

Manitoba

447

$147,465

Saskatchewan

335

$150,046

Alberta

902

$403,641

British Columbia

2,600

$1,161,654

Northwest Territories

15

$8,379

Yukon

31

$8,031

Nunavut

2

 $118

Outside Canada

567

$275,481

Total

18 668

$9,762,247


Library sampling

Sampling involves checking the PLR program’s registered titles against the catalogues of a selection of public libraries each year. Through sampling, we are able to determine the number of hits for a title, that is, the number of libraries in which the title is found. We survey seven public library catalogues in each official languages.

Calculating the payments
PLR payments are calculated using a four-category payment scale. The categories correspond to the number of years that a title has been registered with the program. This year, for any title found in the PLR’s library sampling, the payment was calculated as follows:

 

Number of Years Title Registered
with PLR

Payment if Title Found

Category I: 2009 to 2013

$52.57

Category II: 2004  to 2008

$42.06

Category III: 1999 to 2003

$36.80

Category IV: 1986 to 1998

$28.86

 

The amounts in this scale apply to authors claiming 100% of a PLR payment. In situations where there is more than one eligible contributor to a book, payment is calculated based on the percentage of the book that was their contribution.

Re-Activated Files:  An author whose file is re-activated will receive payments based on the category corresponding to the original date of registration of his titles.