Originally Posted by DMcCunney
The same objection applies. What value do you place on your time?
You have an iPhone. You are aware of public domain texts you would like to read, that you can get in an iPod version for 99 cents.
You may be aware of Project Gutenberg. You might even have the notion that resources exist like MR where you can get the stuff free. But what will be involved, and how long will it take you to track down the information?
If you just want to read a particular book, it's a lot faster and simpler to just pay 99 cents and download the book from the iTunes store. And depending upon what else you may have to do with your time, it will be neither lazy nor stupid to exercise that option.
We pay people all the time to do things we technically could do ourselves but would prefer to spend the time required doing other things. This is simply one more instance.______
Very true. It's all a cost-benefit analysis. If you are the sort of person who actually enjoys doing conversion and formatting, then it's not only not stupid of you to spend the time doing it (because it is seldom stupid to do something you enjoy), and I think we'd all agree it's not lazy, and if you can benefit others (either gratis or for a very low fee), then more power to you.
However, it is just a teeny bit lazy to start with the results of a lot of volunteer work over at PG. So .. why not be really NOT lazy and type the whole book in yourself?? Oh, but then you'd have to purchase (or borrow) a hard copy of the book ... and then you might as well read that. And ... I suppose if you were going to read (and type in) all of those hard copy books, you wouldn't have time to read them in an ebook format ... so then it would be rather stupid to have purchased an ebook reader.
So ... let's say that Warren Buffet decided to purchase that Kindle he's been talking about getting. He can take 8 seconds to purchase "Pride and Prejudice" for about $4.00 .... or he can spend a half an hour figuring out how to do a conversion from a book at PG .... or he can start from scratch and spend several hours typing it in from a hard copy. How much would we guess Mr. Buffet makes an hour?? If he decides to plunk down the $4.00 so he can read the book .... I'm supposed to think that it makes him lazy or stupid??
No .... I just can't wrap my brain around the enormity of how wrong that supposition is. Maybe it's the paint fumes ....