Neil Gaiman on what free content-sharing did for him

Posted on January 20, 2012


In this recent interview, best-selling author Neil Gaiman explains why sharing copyrighted material online helps rather than hurts. Gaiman discovered that sales of his own books grew faster in countries where people had free access to pirated material. The reason? Most people first learn about their favorite authors by reading books borrowed from friends. The Internet just makes free borrowing easier. And once you fall in love, then you are more willing to spend money on the author’s next book. “The biggest thing the Web is doing is allowing people to hear things, allowing people to read things…that they otherwise never would have seen. And that’s an incredibly good thing.”  Watch: