An award winning light novel author coming upon their work being illegally shared online has condemned those who share works online as committing an act of “sacrilege” against authors, whilst encouraging readers to use libraries or second-hand bookshops instead…
The author, 葵東 / Aoi Azuma, explains in a blog post entitled “Please stop file sharing!“:
“My ‘Magical Ingredients’ (魔法の材料ございます / Mahou no Zairou Gozaimasu) novel series is available on file sharing services. [The author refers to download links/hashes for the Share P2P network visible in Google via an index]
66SFdjoc7x-san, please stop uploading them immediately.
If you want to read it for free, please use your local library.
I don’t mind if you buy it second-hand either.
Please stop this file sharing!
It’s sacrilege to the works and the authors.
66SFdjoc7x-san, you are an enemy of we, the writers.”
Of course, an author objecting to unauthorised scans of their work being distributed online for free is neither terribly surprising nor unreasonable (assuming they derive their income chiefly from the royalties from book sales).
However, the author unintentionally creates an interesting paradox by urging readers to borrow or buy the books second-hand – if the author cares about fame or pleasing the masses, then logically there is little reason to decry sharing online or off, whereas if money and sales are the objective, libraries and second-hand sales are hardly desirable either…