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Today’s Question by Aart Hilal

Author: Paulo Coelho

What are your views on piracy?

The ultimate goal of a writer is to be read. Money comes later.

I had an interesting experience in Russia a few years back. In 2001, I sold 10,000 hard copies. And everyone was puzzled. We came from zero, from 1000, to 10,000. And then the next year we were over 100,000.

I thought that this is fantastic. To give the reader the possibility of reading your books and choosing whether to buy it or not. From this idea sprang the idea of compiling all of the bit torrents files of my works in one place. I thus created a site called The Pirate Coelho :

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