Coelho releases free e-books in 'try then buy' trial

Coelho releases free e-books in 'try then buy' trial

Paulo Coelho has made two of his books available for free in digital format, with readers being asked to pay if they like the text.

The two books are Brida, available in Portuguese, and Manual of the Warrior of Light, which is available in English.

However, only four fifths of Manual of the Warrior of Light can be downloaded, as Coelho does not “have the full version”.

Writing on his blog Coelho said: “There are a few pages missing, which does not spoil the readership.”

The books are available through Coelho’s blog.

He said: “If you like the text, please buy it – so we can tell the publishing industry that this idea does not harm the business.”

At the end of the free e-books there is a note from Coelho asking readers to buy the book if they like it. Manual of the Warrior of Light contains links to online retailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple iBooks and Submarinom while Brida contains links to Amazon and Saraiva.

Manual of the Warrior of Light is a non-fiction book published originally by Harper Element in the UK, and translated by Margaret Jull Costa.