May 17, 2022

Report: “National Library of Scotland Fees ‘Hitting Small Publishers'”

From The Scotsman:

A tiny specialist publication celebrating the work of illustrators such as renowned Scottish artist Jessie M.King has accused the National Library of Scotland of exploiting new EU regulations to generate cash for its coffers.

Anthony Pincott spokesman for The Bookplate Journal, which has 275 subscribers and comes out twice a year, says the NLS’s decision to charge £50, plus VAT (£60 in total) for re-use of images, is exorbitant and claims small publishers and authors are “taking the financial hit”.


The NLS’s fee for commercial use applies whether the request comes from a small niche publication such as The Bookplate Journal or from a multi-national such as Google. The money raised helps with the running costs of the NLS.

The row has been dubbed the “battle of the bookplates” with the journal’s supporters bombarding the NLS with letters and emails of complaint.

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