Most of the publicity around online piracy has focused on music and, more recently, movies. E-books are just as pirateable, but there hasn’t been the same level of protest from the publishing industry (they’re more concerned with Google’s plans to scan in books, but that’s another story).
Anyway, this is a lead-in to the fact that best-selling author Paulo Coelho, of ‘The Alchemist’ fame, is actively pirating his own e-books! Well, he’s seeding them on BitTorrent, and running his own blog called Pirate Coelho that provides links to his books on P2P networks and FTP sites.
Apparently, sales of the Russian translation of ‘The Alchemist’ went from 1,000 a year to more than a million thanks to his blog. “Believe it or not, the sales of the book increased a lot thanks to the Pirate Coelho site,” he says.