Originally Posted by Harmon
So in my view, you can ethically copy a book which is no longer in print, but you can't copy one that is in print unless you buy your own copy.
You make a good case, and I agree with you, with some provisos
- There must not be readily available second-hand copies. e.g. if second hand copies either can't be found, or are going for more than full retail of a new hardback.
- You express your interest in a new print run/edition to the author or publisher.
- If the books becomes available again due to a new print run or edition, you buy a copy.