When Whitehead searched the site, he found that all of his books except for the most recent, The Nickel Boys, were available free. After he asked Internet Archive to remove the works they were taken down, Whitehead said in an email.
The author and illustrator Jarrett J Krosoczka said he was not aware that many of his books were available free on the archive until his literary agent contacted him last week. Krosoczka said that, like many authors, he was even more dependent now on his royalties to make a living because the money he was receiving from speaking events has dried up during the crisis. “I was very disappointed to find my books illegally uploaded to this service,” he said. “This is the intellectual property that supports my family.”