Saturday, February 04, 2012

Paulo Coelho calls on readers to pirate books | Books | guardian.co.uk

I’m guessing, from the final sentence below, that Coelho does not have much experience with Kindle devices (via The New Yorker)

Although Coelho admitted that as an author he should be defending intellectual property, he went on to call on the "pirates of the world" to "unite and pirate everything" he has ever written.

"The good old days, when each idea had an owner, are gone forever. First, because all anyone ever does is recycle the same four themes: a love story between two people, a love triangle, the struggle for power, and the story of a journey. Second, because all writers want what they write to be read, whether in a newspaper, blog, pamphlet, or on a wall," he said. "The more often we hear a song on the radio, the keener we are to buy the CD. It's the same with literature. The more people 'pirate' a book, the better. If they like the beginning, they'll buy the whole book the next day, because there's nothing more tiring than reading long screeds of text on a computer screen."

Paulo Coelho calls on readers to pirate books | Books | guardian.co.uk

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