Originally Posted by ApK
For educational use is often another matter.
Claiming that making a copy of the new Stephen King for you to read on the beach is 'educational' is not fair in any sense I can reason.
"Fair" is mostly a moral decision. Making a single copy for personal use is unlikely to cause noticeable financial harm to Steven King or his publisher, as long as you do not encourage others to do likewise. Morally, it is a good idea to support the authors you like, so they can afford to bring you more goodness in the future.
And for that matter, when you time shift your TV programs, to be moral, you should also not fast-forward over the commercials, so that the advertisers get enough viewer revenue to continue sponsoring your favorite programming.
But we know that not everybody is 100% moral all the time. It is human nature to take advantage of opporunities as they present themselves, and to make continuous moral decisions as part of daily life.
Again, it is all personal choice, based on risk and reward, and nothing else really matters.
P.S. Can you prove that reading Steven King novels is NOT "culturally educational"?