Pirate Coelho/ help your community

Pirate Coelho is a site that was hosted somewhere, with a collection of my texts in P2P pages. It was not me who put it there, but being adept of free contents, I put this URL here. I am just facilitating.

Pirate Coelho

RULES OF THE GAME

A] I the case that you download a book and like it, I would suggest you to buy the book, so we can tell to the industry that sharing contents is not life threatening to the book business.
B] You can do a relevant service to your community. Print and handle FOR FREE to a local library in a small town, to a hospital, to a prison. The intention of Pirate Coelho (as well as my free web books) is first and foremost share thoughts with people who cannot afford buying books.

REGRAS DO JOGO

A) se baixar um livro e gostar da leitura, por favor compre. Isso mostrará às editoras que dividir é multiplicar
B) Use a cópia que imprimiu e faça uma doação para a biblioteca da sua cidade, um hospital, ou uma prisão. A intenção de Pirate Coelho é permitir acesso de meus livros à gente que não tem dinheiro para compra-los.

Obrigado/ Thank you

Paulo Coelho

Posted by Paulo Coelho on his blog.

I was only mentioning today when I bought 50 blank CDs (I would have bought 100 but did not want the weight to carry), that the music industry would equate it with 50 lost sales.

Remember cassettes? The music industry used to say the same about blank cassettes as it says about blank CDs.

I have a one word response to the music industry: Bullshit!

It is the music industry that single-handedly has destroyed music. They have failed to nurture talent. All they are interested in is the next big hit, quick bucks, fast returns then onto the next one-hit wonder.

The so-called musicians, it is actually an insult to real musicians to call them musicians, wannabe celebrities, in it for the money.

If you look at the talent from the 1960s, they are still around. They play music because they love music. Getting paid was a bonus. But they learned their skills the hard way through hard graft. They worked their way through the pubs and clubs, their fame spread through word of mouth

I can find better musicians on the street than what I find promoted by the music industry.

I buy music, I also copy it and pass it around. The stuff gets known.

The assumption by the music industry that copying equates to lost sales is wrong. I may copy something, but it does not mean I was going to buy it. On the other hand, that I have copied it and liked it, means I am more likely to then go out and buy it.

Same is true of books. The search for the next big block buster. A string of me-too Da Vinci Codes. Now every Scandinavian writer is billed as the next Stieg Larsson.

The gentleman publishers are long gone, their names linger as imprints of global corporate businesses.

Well done Paulo making your books available for download. I was especially pleased when following the ban in Iran, you made available download in Farsi.

Iran bans Paulo Coelho
Iran denies banning Paulo Coelho’s books

Last week I bought eight Paulo Coelho books. I cleared the shelves. I cleared the bookshop of its entire stock of Paulo Coelho books. The day before I bought The Alchemist.

All these books I will give away.

Wednesday night at a dinner I gave a woman The Alchemist and By the River Piedra I sat Down and Wept. I had only met her for the first time the previous week, and had said she would like reading books by Paulo Coelho. Little did I know, and only learnt later Wednesday night, that it was her birthday!

Today I met a charming Hungarian girl from Transylvania. I recommended that she read The Historian, but as that may prove too difficult for her, I recommended that she read Paulo Coelho.

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8 Responses to “Pirate Coelho/ help your community”

  1. Siobhan Says:

    While I agree that it was good to release the books in Farsi, I think Paolo Coelho is being incredibly naive to think that everyone who downloads his book for free will go out and buy a copy to show the publishing industry that they have nothing to worry about from scribid type websites. It’s like after shoplifting a lemon and eating it going back and buying another lemon to show the shop that you could have paid for it all along. It’s just stupid.

    • keithpp Says:

      You could not be more wrong. You are falling for the garbage put out by the music and film industry. Nothing pisses me off more when I buy a DVD, yes buy, and I have to watch some garbage about stealing a DVD. Something I do not have to watch on a pirated copy.

      If I steal your car, you are clearly deprived of its use. If I copy one of your DVDs in order that I may watch it without borrowing it from you, you are not deprived of its use.

      As I said you could not be more wrong. Copies of Paulo’s books were released on the net in Russian. This increased sales from a thousand to 10 million!

      http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2008/02/03/pirate-coelho/

      The lemon comparison is flawed but it is typical of the false arguments used by the greed-driven film and music industry.

      It may well be true that who downloads a free copy, does not then go out and buy a copy. But that does not equate to a lost sales as it falsely assumes the person would have bought the download copy (or a book or CD) if free download was not an option, which is a seriously flawed assumption.

    • keithpp Says:

      I recall something similar from a pathetic chic-lit author opposing BookCrossing as it would lead to a fall in book sales. It actually does not.

      What next, a ban on the sale of secondhand books? Why not go the whole hog and shut down libraries? Though on that the ConDem government is already doing a jolly good job of closing libraries with their slash and burn of public services.

    • keithpp Says:

      Siobhan should at least have had the honesty to declare a vested interest. She works for a publisher!

  2. keithpp Says:

    What is it that those who are driven by greed hate the idea of people sharing, of working together, or doing or giving away something for free?

  3. keithpp Says:

    Oh and Siobhan does not like self-publishing either. Deprive a publisher of their cut, Oh My God that will never do!

    Writers like to be read, musicians heard!

  4. francisco javier Says:

    La industria del arte,tiene que evolucionar.Vivimos en una era nueva,donde la comunicación no tiene límites,y el arte es comunicación de sentimientos….seguiré bajando música y la seguiré comprando y regalando a mis amigos……

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