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Old 10-14-2012, 04:45 PM   #17
SteveEisenberg
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Originally Posted by Giggleton View Post
Are you telling me you pirate most of your texts? Or do you choose not to read something without paying for it first?
This will probably will make for a boring post, but I'll answer your questions.

Almost every book I read, other than public domain, was paid for by our taxes, or by our having paid an out of area library fee. My first choice is an eBook, normally from Overdrive. If not available, I get it from a public library. If not available from a nearby library we are a member of, I may get it by interlibrary loan. I don't like to do that much, because it costs the library. So once or twice a year -- usually for a title never published in the US -- I'll order a used book.

I'm willing to borrow a paper book from friend or family, but I rarely do. Another exception to my always paying for books I read is that I've read maybe two in-copyright books that were temporarily free at amazon.com. The difference between my behavior and piracy is, of course, that the author/publisher was either compensated by Amazon, or allowed the freebee for marketing purposes.

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I assume you browse the app store on your mobile device?
The app store? If you are asking whether I (or we if wife Barbara is included) ever buy Kindle active content, we never have. We do not have, or plan to buy, smart phones, except that I have a highly locked down employer-owned BlackBerry they can call me on in an emergency.

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Authors would have to live off of volunteered donations . . .
As opposed to a free society in which you can give away your book, or ask for donations, or charge for it -- your choice.
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