Originally Posted by SteveEisenberg
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.
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.
As opposed to a free society in which you can give away your book, or ask for donations, or charge for it -- your choice.
You must understand that the library pays a fee for those books you borrow but it is quite possible that they have been borrowed a hundred times before they get to you. Has the author been compensated enough for these multiple borrows? Or are we just to assume that if a book is borrowed from the library that the author has been compensated justly?
Seriously though if you want to get down to basics, isn't everything paid for by the tax system? Subsidies for corn that the author eats to give her the energy to write and all that. It's all connected as we know but fail to really understand sometimes...
The kindle is an app delivery device, whether or not those apps are active doesn't really matter.