Paulo “The Alchemist” Coelho would have you pirate his books

By on January 28, 2012
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The BitTorrent movement finds unlikely, but influential source of support.

Novelist Paulo Coelho has sold millions of books, including the all time bestseller “The Alchemist” that sold more than 65 million copies worldwide. It is a lesser known fact that he is also a frequent BitTorrent user and has admitted to pirating his own books.

The Brazilian born writer believes that file-sharing is a good thing which should be seen as a means of promotion for writers like himself. He went as far as to volunteer to support The Pirate Bay in a trial all the way in Sweden. Speaking to a popular BitTorrent site Coelho was convinced of the need to see P2P sharing as a helpful, useful tool.

“Since the dawn of time, human beings have felt the need to share – from food to art. Sharing is part of the human condition. A person who does not share is not only selfish, but bitter and alone,” Coelho said, explaining his decision to to share his books on P2P sharing sites.

Publishing his books freely on The Pirate Bay and other BitTorrent sites has actually worked out really well for Coelho. He has sold tens of thousands of extra books because he shared them.

The Pirate Bays main page today shows the collaboration of the most famous BitTorrent site with one of the biggest names in literature of our times. Maybe those pesky anti-piracy lobbyists need a total, ground-up rethink of their ideas.


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