Fantasy author Terry Goodkind, best known for the Sword of Truth series, has self-published his latest novel The First Confessor. Available from sites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble since the start of the month, the book is the story of a woman named Magda Searus. But Goodkind has already run into difficulty with book pirates, and has now gone public with the details of one of the people he believes to be responsible.
Goodkind’s website contains a letter to readers, asking them to refrain from pirating The First Confessor. But the author has now posted, on Facebook, the details of someone he claims has been involved in piracy of the book. He’s listed various items of information about the alleged pirate, saying he’ll “leave the rest” to fans. The person’s phone number and address have not been posted.
According to Goodkind, he’s sure that the individual is behind the piracy. But is posting the personal details of someone in this manner an appropriate way to deal with what is obviously a major problem? Or is this kind of ‘doc-dropping’ irresponsible and potentially misguided? After all, everyone has a right to be considered innocent unless they’ve been proven guilty. Either way, the individual identified by Goodkind doesn’t seem to have responded in public yet.
Meanwhile, you can read the first chapter of The Good Confessor at Goodkind’s own website.