I'm going to do my best to present this calmly.
The government of New Zealand has decided to donate every book in the overseas collection of its National Library to the Internet Archive.
Writers who do not want their books to be put up on the Web for free are being given the option of opting out.
The people at the National Library have made no particular effort to make these two facts known. They posted this information online in October and writers wishing to opt out must respond by December 1.
For a list of all the books about to be given away and instructions on how to opt out, go to::
And as long as you're reading this . . .
If you are a writer or know a writer or think that the people who write books deserve to profit at least a little from their labor, please spread this information far and wide.