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Aila! Sachin Tendulkar stumped by online book leak

The world of cricket has been divided into two teams. One team is reading their recently bought copies of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography, Playing It My Way, in a hard-bound copy, while the other part is busy enjoying a free, pirated PDF version that...

books Updated: Nov 21, 2014 12:04 IST
Rhema Mukti Baxter
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The world of cricket has been divided into two teams. One team is reading their recently bought copies of Sachin Tendulkar’s autobiography, Playing It My Way, in a hard-bound copy, while the other part is busy enjoying a free, pirated PDF version that was doing the rounds on the Web until just yesterday.

“We’re making all efforts to pull it off the Web,” said the spokesperson for the book’s publisher, Hachette, shortly before it was taken off.

The damage, though, seemed to have been done by then, with the word about the e-book spreading like wildfire through social media.

Grab from the online version of the book which is now taken off

We tried contacting Karthik R Kattimani, who first shared the PDF on his WordPress blog, but he remained unavailable. The publishers confirmed that no prior permissions were sought by him before uploading the document.

Fans have mixed reactions to the e-leak. “Honestly, I had no clue if it was uploaded officially or unofficially. It’s Sachin’s book and it’s free!” says Sudhir Vij, 25. Pratik Gupta, 27, says, “Nah, I didn’t settle for it. The delight of holding the original in your hands is incomparable.”