Guardian Unlimited has this story about a popular children's author who has reigned at the top of the Public Lending Rights figures in the U.K.
"... Every author is thrilled to know their books are selling, but I share
with many authors an almost greater thrill when your books are borrowed
from libraries". ..."
Also in this article is a listing of "Most-Borrowed Authors."
FYI, PLR is an organization in the United Kingdom that pays authors "...payments from government funds for the free borrowing of their books from public libraries in the United Kingdom."