Originally Posted by JSWolf
Actually, downloading the electronic copy could deprive Rowling of money. Because if you've downloaded that to read instead of purchasing the book, then yes you are. But if you have purchased the book and downloaded it then no, you are not depriving anyone of anything.
For your argument to be valid, you would need to show a correlation between the download of the ebook edition and the non-purchase of the dead-tree edition. This would be very hard to do because Baen Books provides strong evidence against you. The ebook titles they give away and sell have a boosting effect on the sale of paper editions of those titles.
Also, am I depriving her of money by checking the book out of the public library?
Anyway, my position in this is moot on two points. I do not have the funds to purchase books right now. And I do not read her books. I am not going to invest my time in reading another marginal author.