Someone stole The Fat Jew’s book and posted the whole thing on Twitter
After weathering a storm of blistering accusations that his entire career was built on rampant plagiarism and that he’s an unfunny sociopath, Josh “The Fat Jew” Ostrovsky seems to be doing pretty well for himself. The controversy gained him thousands of new Instagram followers, and he published a new, terrible book.
Fortunately, you don’t need to waste money buying it to see how bad Money Pizza Respect really is: Someone anonymously posted scans of every page, under the Twitter handle @updog7. They’re also claiming that they wrote the book (their bio: “hey there, i wrote a book”). And who knows, maybe they did. Or maybe they just found it on a blog? It’s hard to say. The internet truly is a vast ocean of stuff, and sometimes it’s hard to find the original source of something.
They started posting the scans a little before 8 a.m. on Thursday over the course of four hours. They also uploaded the PDF to Google Drive account for easy downloading.
Will Ostrovsky just ignore it? Probably! Will Twitter quickly shut down the account for violating its terms of service? Probably! Will they also shut down Ostrovsky’s account for the same reason? Probably not!
But it would almost certainly be disastrous for Ostrovsky, who is likely desperately trying to sell enough books to earn back his advance, if random people across the internet downloaded it and posted it for free on Instagram and Tumblr and Twitter and Facebook with fun “transformative” captions.
Let’s just hope they remember to cite the original source — @updog7.
UPDATE (4:15 p.m.): @updog7’s top tweet, which shares the URL to a Google PDF copy of the book, has been taken down. The link to the Google doc is still active, but the tweet’s text and URL have been replaced with the following:
UPDATE, November 6: We received an email from a lawyer representing Ostrovsky’s publisher, who threatened legal action unless we removed any active links to the PDF copy of his book hosted on Google Drive. The links have been removed.
Also, we corrected a grammatical oversight in a section about his advance, changing “earn back” to “earn out.”