Walter Jon Williams uses pirate ebooks to rescue his backlist

Krid sez, "To save time and money in getting his out of print back catalog books into ebook format science fiction author Walter Jon Williams is asking his readers for help in proofreading pirated copies of the books he downloaded with Bittorrent."

Some of Walter Jon's books haven't been scanned by anyone — not even dedicated bookwarez folks. So he's offering a reward to anyone who can produce a scan of these rare titles.

I discovered that my work had been pirated, and was available for free on BitTorrent sites located in the many outlaw server dens of former Marxist countries. So I downloaded my own work from thence with the intention of saving the work of scanning my books– I figured I'd let the pirates do the work, and steal from them. While this seemed karmically sound, there proved a couple problems…

Should any of you volunteer to provide scans of Days of Atonement, Angel Station, and Knight Moves, that lucky individual will get a signed, personalized copy of the WJW book of his or her choice (assuming I actually have a copy, of course). Plus, whatever book you scan will spend digital eternity with your name in it, along with my eternal thanks. Sound good?

Crowdsource, Please

(Thanks, Krid!)