JOHANNESBURG - Author Jacques Pauw says he's been inundated with requests from people wanting to pay him for free copies of The President's Keepers, which they received via social media.
In a Facebook post, Pauw says he's not accepting money for the bootleg copies.
He's urged people to buy an electronic version, or wait for the fresh print run.
Pauw says those who genuinely cannot afford to buy the book can read the free PDF with his blessing.
The book sold out countrywide within a week of its release.
It details corruption, allegedly involving President Jacob Zuma.
Pauw has thanked the public for its support.
He says NB Publishers and Tafelberg have already incurred substantial legal costs, in the run-up to publication.
The State Security Agency and Revenue Service are trying to get the book banned.