Originally Posted by chamekke
I don't think anyone has mentioned georestrictions yet. That's the only thing that's ever tempted me to glance toward the dark side. It's nothing to do with unwillingness to pay, quite the opposite: I can't get the seller/publisher to take my money for a legitimate e-copy!
Incidentally, I did download an e-book from the darknet once -- a modern classic that I love, and which was not available in Canada even though it had been available to U.S. buyers for a very long time. A few months later, I discovered that it had just become available to buyers in Canada. So I bought it, and deleted the darknet copy. If I'm ever tempted to badness again, I'll do the same thing.
Originally Posted by anamardoll
I think that a lot of "pirates" plunk down money when the legal version comes available.
It's especially common for the historical fiction I read, because some/most of my favorite authors publish in Britain long before they publish here.
I just set a notification on ereaderIQ, download and read the DN copy, and buy the official version when ereaderQ alerts me that it's available.
If I don't know if it's ever going to come out in ebook, I buy the paper copy (new) and get the ebook from the underground.
To be perfectly honest, though, outrageous pricing has also provoked me, at least on parts 2 and 3 of a trilogy for which Penguin is demanding a ridiculous $20
Macmillan just put out part 1 of the series for $12, which I bought.
But on the $20 Penguin ones, there is a very naughty devil on my shoulder tempting me to buy used
copies and d/l the pirated e-versions. I haven't caved, yet, partly because I keep hoping they'll come down (although it's already been 2 years), but mostly because I can't find them on the DN anyway.
If I ever do find them, I'll buy extra, non-Penguin-published paper copies to give away, so Sharon gets paid. If I have to scan them myself, I'll just buy used copies.
/Pirate Piper's true confession