Perhaps techdirt will agree with this strategy (it's a form of "CWF+RTB" after all, they have a service and the reason to buy is to keep the site online) but this just cracks me up. A site which provides pointers to illegal copies of books has a little call to action in the right sidebar asking you to donate to keep their server online.
Not surprisingly, the visitors (people who are interested in free books) have given 0% toward the target of $150.
The footer message from the site declares:
"DISCLAIMER: THIS SITE DOES NOT STORE ANY FILES ON ITS SERVER. WE ONLY INDEX AND LINK TO CONTENT PROVIDED BY OTHER SITES. ALL THE FILES ARE FROM INTERNET."
If they don't store any files on the server how can they serve up any content? And who is this "internet" that "all the files are from" ?