Thursday, November 4

magical realist gets serious

Gabriel Garcia Marquez came up with a novel anti-piracy tool, the Times of London reported 22 October. When bootleg copies began appearing before the regular publication date, the publishers moved up their launch date.

But in the meantime, Garcia Marquez had changed the last chapter of the book. The pirated copies, based on an earlier draft, were different, so pirates could be targeted by the police.

The article doesn't explain a couple things, though: Wouldn't the pirated copies look different anyway? All the pirated books I've seen had sub-par production. And couldn't people just pirate the new version?


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