Newfoundland and Labrador rang in 2017 with a new 10 per cent tax on all new books purchased in the province. 

The book tax hasn't won over residents, publishers or authors like Joshua Goudie. 

"I have never seen a policy be so misguided in all my life," he told CBC News Saturday. "I could cry."

"To tax your culture is unconscionable, but to tax books in a province with such a staggering rate of literacy I can't even wrap my head around it."

Hard up for cash, the province's Liberal party announced the new tax in its 2016 budget but it didn't come into effect until Jan. 1. 

Newfoundland and Labrador is now the lone province in Canada to have a tax on books. 

Upset with what he says is a tax on culture, Goudie, along with illustrator and father Craig Goudie, put together a new piece, the Dr. Seuss-inspired The Lore Tax.

Joshua Goudie

Author Joshua Goudie is offering up a free book online to avoid Newfoundland and Labrador's book tax. (Joshua & Craig Goudie)

On Jan. 14 the pair published the book online, with the younger Goudie reading the book to the public. Tax-free, of course. 

"I know that culture is something that means a lot to Newfoundlanders and we have always been a people who rally around and support one another, especially in times like this," he said. 

In a Facebook post, the Goudies call on people to write their MHAs.

The Lore Tax

Book Tax?!? That's right, on January 1st, 2017, the Newfoundland and Labrador government, the policy makers for the province with the highest rate of illiteracy in Canada, became the first and only provincial government to implement its own tax on books. In honour of the new tax, Dad and I have decided to give you our latest story free of charge! Hope you enjoy! Contact Your MHA: http://www.assembly.nl.ca/members/cms/membersdirectlines.htm

Posted by Joshua Goudie on Saturday, 14 January 2017

Joshua Goudie said it's encouraging to see a number of people are engaged in the issue, and he's hoping more people will speak out against the book tax. 

"This is something that we don't see as being an acceptable way to put a drop in the bucket of balancing this budget."

The government did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

With files from Meghan McCabe