Originally Posted by wizwor
I'm not sure people make a moral distinction between copying an ebook or a movie.
Some do, some don't.
People are all different; some get caught up in the whole numbers game and are dazzled by *FREE* and lose sight of the ethics of what they are doing.
Or the consequences.
Or the sheer practicality.
To many, a file is a file whether it be a movie or a tv episode or an ebook collection; they see it, they grab it regardless of quality, provenance, or whether they'll ever even use it.
It's simple hoading behavior.
Even a perfectly legit collection of PD titles as can be found on ebay or on the gutenberg disk images is more quality reading that anybody (not named Barry Allen) could ever read.
Or, even on a smaller scale; the BAEN promo CDs and the hundreds of *legally* free promo ebooks that are available at any given time at Amazon.
You want 5000 ebooks? Just bookmark any of the free kindle book listing sites. Visit once a week and download everything. Rinse and repeat. A year later you'll have your thousands of books. And have read, what? 100? a dozen or two?
If you're just getting into ebooks, then by all means, do raid every (legally) free ebook site around. (Mobileread itself has a nice colection right here.) Buy a $6.99 25,000 ebook colection. Build up a monster library. Let the inner hoarder rampage for a while.
But at some point you really should get down to the business of reading.
That is the goal, no? Build a private library of worlds to visit and ideas to explore, right?
What's the point of amassing an enormous mass of files you'll never read and likely won't even enjoy (Sturgeon's Law!!) if you try?
Enough is enough when you finally sit down to read.