Free e-books, literacy and piracy

The problem, says Neil Gaiman, “isn’t that books are given away or that people read books they haven’t paid for. The problem is that the majority of people don’t read for pleasure.” The argument for giving away free e-books is that it encourages people to buy your other works; the broader argument is that it encourages people to read, full stop. There are social benefits to having a population that reads; it’s why there are libraries, and it’s why online e-book piracy must be dealt with more carefully than movie or music piracy. Via Boing Boing.