Re: RARA-AVIS: Used Books and ethics

From: David Rachels (
Date: 03 May 2010

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    If buying used books is somehow cheating authors, at least you're helping to dry up the used book market, unlike those *totally* unethical readers who check books out of the library.


    On May 3, 2010, at 6:16 PM, Michael Jeter wrote:

    > I am writing a paper that discusses alternatives to textbooks. As part
    > of the work, I have been reading of e - books, e - publishers, and
    > thinking a bit about writers having a right to fair compensation.
    > Most of the books I own, I buy used. I have looked for the lowest
    > prices I can. I am wondering, though, in buying cheap used books, am I
    > engaging in anything akin to bootlegging in music, ie, cheating
    > authors out of their fair earnings?
    > This information will not appear in my paper, as it has only a
    > tangential relation to my topic, but I would welcome your views.
    > Thanks,
    > --
    > Michael Damian Jeter
    > New Orleans, LA
    > Literacy, Music, and Democracy

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