Is it haram to read copyrighted books online? I want to read a book but it isn't available in my language, only in Japanese (not manga). However, there is an English fan translation on the internet. Would it be haram to read it without the permisson of the author?
Ha... it sounds very interesting...! Why will you need permission form the author to read his published work...!!! An author writes a book for readers to read. If he has published anything, it means that he wants that to be read.
So, if you have any book in any of the libraries such as archive or any other sources who have the rights of that book, it is likely that you are not doing anything wrong. For example many universities rent the database of huge journals for scientific research of their students or say SHAMELA or WAQEFAYA online Islamic Library. They are authorized. So it is permissible to use their database.