The way to get more readers - help pirate your own books!

Posted by Otis Chandler on January 28, 2008
Found a great article today called Alchemist Author Pirates His Own Books. Evidently Paulo Coelho has found a way to give away his books for free: link to pirated copies of them!

There is no debate that giving away free copies of a can greatly increase sales and readership of a book. Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail, even wrote a blog post about it recently called Why give away your book?

Some great quotes from the amazing video (embedded below):

"Believe it or not, the sales of the book increased a lot thanks to the Pirate Coelho site..."

"We need the internet and the internet is not a threat. And we need to think twice about this copyright idea."

"Copyright is a standard to protect content. And I think it's a lost battle"

"The dream of any writer is to be read"

Coelho said he spends 3 hours a day interacting with his readers on Facebook, MySpace, and Flickr. Amazing. I hope we can get him to sign up to be a Goodreads Author!

update: Ask and ye shall receive - Paulo is now on Goodreads!


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message 1: by Michael (new)

Michael Economy hes like the radiohead of the book world

message 2: by Aart (new)

Aart hello!
I'm a big Paulo Coelho's fan and I don't know if you heard about his blog
I've started as a fan and now I'm collaborating with him and thought that you would like to enter his universe.
Check the blog.
if you want, or subscribe to his newsletter
You'll see a community of warriors of light sharing ideas, dreams and most importantly following their personal legend.


A responsible Warrior is one who has proved able to observe and to learn.

(Manual of the Warrior of Light)

Have a nice day!


message 3: by Rare (last edited Feb 19, 2008 05:12PM) (new)

Rare Todd Giving away your own book isn't much different than giving away your own music as an mp3. There is a "podsafe" movement building where it's perfectly legal to copy and share some music. Search for Podsafe Music or Creative Commons.

Perhaps authors should get behind some kind of "podsafe" book distribution.

Any thoughts?

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