Originally Posted by PressEnter
Here's a question: I got a sony reader a couple of weeks back and it's great. Just great. I love it, but I love my paper books too. I love them both in the way a 19th Century landscape artist would love this new invention called 'the camera' if he was sensible about it.
I want to support the format by buying, say, ebooks. But what I really want - and what a lot of you seem to want too - is to buy the physical book so we can stick it on our shelves, but read it either entirely or in part on an ereader. I was about to buy an ebook for (surprisingly) quite a bit less than it would have cost me new in paperback, thereby doing my bit to support the ebook market.
Then I realised I could download it off mIRC for free, but purchase the hardback for literally pennies second-hand from Amazon at an even greater saving.
That way I would have the book both in paper and in electronic form, for really not very much at all: yet the hardback would be second-hand, meaning the publishers nor the author would presumably see a penny of the money from my purchase.
Is it more morally right to just buy the ebook, something I can't loan out to friends (none of whom have ebook readers), despite the fact that a substantial portion of my existing paper collection is also second-hand? Or am I the only one who worries about these things?
It's not even morally justifiable as the author make NO money at all. The only way to possibly morally justify this is to purchase the pBook brand new where the author gets paid. What you are doing is buying second-hand and then stealing the eBook. Now what you could do that would be a really good idea is to purchase the pBook second hand and also purchase the eBook. That way you have the pBook and the eBook and the author gets paid for the eBook and it helps eBook sales and the more that happens, the better it is for eBooks overall.