America is The Worst for trying to equate popularity with quality.
“Six thousand books is a lot of reading, true, but the trash like Hell’s Belles and Kid Colt and The Legend of the Lost Arroyo and even Part-Time Harlot, Full-Time Tramp that I devoured during my misspent teens really puff up the numbers. And in any case, it is nowhere near a record. Winston Churchill supposedly read a book every day of his life, even while he was saving Western Civilization from the Nazis. This is quite an accomplishment, because by some accounts Winston Churchill spent all of World War II completely hammered.”
The government is facing anger from authors shocked to discover that they are not entitled to royalties for books borrowed from libraries run by “big society”- inspired volunteers.
Such libraries are mushrooming as community groups are forced to step in to save their local libraries from closing as a result of spending cuts.
The Society of Authors (SoA) warns that authors may take legal action against the government over copyright infringement on loaned books.