The Licensing of Overlord made quite a stir on reddit, meaning the translation would be stopped, and people would have to wait a long time before reading the volumes after 9.
For me, it's a little headache too, I didn't planned this case yet and I have been thinking about since the announcing. Until this week, I had an illumination. Yen Press is based in the USA, they licensed for the USA, and probably not the France. However, my server is located at Paris (as you can see, my host is ebooks.armaell.FR, yes I'm french). So, after a law check, I could probably let the files be on my website.
Yeah, this a been my thinking for about 10 min under the shower.
But I had to remember myself why I was doing this website, and in what I believed. I needed to not fall on the dark side. The common sens have been twisted with the internet piracy easily available and I had to stay right.
What is the point of fan translation ?
Make available another type of reading, another culture which doesn't exist in Western countries. (Yeah, Oceania countries and South Asia will be counted in, sorry, I know that a good chunk of visitors come from there).
What is the point of licensing ?
Make available those books in Western Countries, and give a remuneration for it to the Author.
What is the point of this website ? Help readers to read novels.
And so. I remembered that I shouldn't go against licensing. In fact, I should help it.
That's why I'll first get down Overlord with Skythewood. I'll get down one month after my last addition. So if you want to download them, it will be at this time.
So the Overlord download links will be replaced by links to buy the books by Yen-Press.
It lead me to another point. It's been a good time I was thinking about adding a little remuneration on the website. At first I wanted to add them only when I'll have to upgrade the server, but since I'm preparing someting similar I'll do it now. And it will be on this form : I'll add links to licensed books. On those links, I'll get a percentage if either you buy them by me.
It mean it will be a non-intrusive ads, not ugly, and purposeful one. (not the ad-sense nonsense)
What I'll do with the money : (if ever it give me anything...) -Pay the server. I first paid this server for personal use I don't have to explain which. The Library appeared after. So paying the server with this money will already be like a remuneration for me. -Donations. I plan to reuse what's left after paying the server to do donations to authors/translator I think are worth it. To motivate and thanks them for there work. -Buy books. If really I earn a substantial amount, I'll buy books for myself hehe. So in the end, it's also for the authors.
Thank you for reading it. And I hope you understand my actions.
Personally, I'm happy how I managed the ad case. They should appear on the next 24h on authors page.