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Offline George Reading In The Blood Steve Robinson
28 Oct 2013, 10:06 AM | Post: #1

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This post was last modified: 28 Oct 2013 10:11 AM by George.
When I publish a hard copy of a book through createspace I always send one copy to the legal deposit library. I know other libraries have the  right to claim books for free, but I have never had any requests until last week when they made a claim for 5 copies.
The books and the postage added up to a decent amount of money. Have any other authors had such request recently? If they want that many copies of all my books I will be skint.
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28 Oct 2013, 11:33 AM | Post: #2

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RE: Deposit library

(28 Oct 2013 10:06 AM)George Wrote: Wrote:  When I publish a hard copy of a book through createspace I always send one copy to the legal deposit library. I know other libraries have the  right to claim books for free, but I have never had any requests until last week when they made a claim for 5 copies.
The books and the postage added up to a decent amount of money. Have any other authors had such request recently? If they want that many copies of all my books I will be skint.
George
Sorry to hear this, George.

Another example of the state taking liberties. You do all the hard work and then someone comes along and says 'Erm... I'll have some of that'.

If I were you I'd consider fighting this - not sure how, and it's easy for me to say if I'm not in your position - ask them what they want them for (have people requested copies?); ask them if they would like to make a contribution to costs; tell them you're a poor indie author, you've sold out and can't afford to produce more; tell them to f---- no, best not.

At the very least you could explain your position and ask whether you're legally obliged to give a free copy to every library in the country that asks - even if you've just produced a few POD rather than a run-off of 25,000.

I'd be interested to know how this pans out.
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Offline Tim_A Reading strictly murder by Lynda Wilcox
28 Oct 2013, 11:57 AM | Post: #3

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RE: Deposit library

Ask if you can send them ebook copies. Rosen mentioned a little while ago that the British Library was getting set up for ebooks, so it's worth a try.
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