Published21 Jan 2010
Pirataria literária no Peru, aqui
As a cultural artifact, the book has undeniable power, and the idea of a poor, developing country with a robust informal publishing industry is, on some level, romantic: the pirate as cultural entrepreneur, a Robin Hood figure, stealing from elitist multinational publishers and taking books to the people. The myth is seductive, and repeated often. In a country where a new book can cost 20% of the average workers’ weekly wage, it’s worth asking who could afford to read if it weren’t for pirates?