Notice About the Internet Archive and Free Books
The Internet Archive (which is a legitimate nonprofit organization that has spent the last couple of decades, since the terrorist attacks on 9/11, preserving the internet itself as well as digitizing book and media collections for universities and schools) has made their book library available to the public for the duration of the pandemic. Their goal is to make sure students and scholars have access to books not otherwise available digitally while schools and libraries are closed.
Because they are aware that there are books in their collection that are not what we used to call “assignment paperbacks” or otherwise generally considered research materials, if an author finds their books in the Emergency Library and wants them removed, they can email them the URLs of the books on their site and they will remove them.
We recommend that you search to see if your books are there and if they are, that you request removal. You do not need to send a full DMCA removal letter or any kind of demand language — just follow the instructions below.
Here’s where you can search (put your name in the “creator” field): https://archive.org/
To have your books removed:
Authors who do not want their books in the National Emergency Library should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “National Emergency Library Removal Request” as the subject line. Please include each URL of the book or books you would like to have removed. Please allow up to 72 hours for processing as they are a small team.
MWA National Board of Directors