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post Sep 15 2004, 05:23 PM
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I was wandering around Huddersfield in a daze earlier inbetween my lessons. I hung around a bookshop (Ottakers, they have no fancy Waterstones) for a while, then I asked myself this:

Some guy goes into a bookshop. He browses for a bit and selects a book he likes the look of. He goes to the comfy seating area and reads the entire book cover to cover. He puts the book back on the shelf and walks out.

Through those actions, did he steal the book?


Now, the 'guy' is me most free periods. Today's pick was another work of Robert Rankin (class writer, highly recomended, very funny), though I didn't actually finish the book. But I could have. Or someone else could have. By reading a book and not paying for it, are you stealing?


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post Sep 15 2004, 05:27 PM
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Legally, it's not stealing until you actually leave the shop (hence why it's always fun to blatantly sneak things under your coat, and hover near the entrance, in shops). But you're very naughty for getting yourself some free culture.


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post Sep 15 2004, 06:58 PM
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Isn't that what the library is for? tongue.gif

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post Sep 15 2004, 07:07 PM
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Yeah I guess.... Huddersfield library has closed though! Nyah!

But I haven't stolen the book... per say... I have just copied and pasted its contents into my brain, so is that information theft? 'Cos it would be on the net.


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post Sep 15 2004, 08:33 PM
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I'm not a big fan of stealing (I currently have two friends on probation because of it dry.gif) and the one time I did actually steal something I was 8 and it was a set of fake nails. After I put them on, I felt so guilty I tore them off. HOWEVER. Books are outrageously expensive. I mean, for the love of god, you can't buy 3 books any more without spending over $40 half the time, which I think is a crime... highway robbery. So, by all means, if you can steal books or read them in the store, go ahead. I don't think what you're doing is stealing. If you're a quick enough read that you can finish a book in a couple hours, you deserve it.


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post Sep 15 2004, 09:08 PM
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I agree with ARC, book prices are positively exorbitant, and this "Quality paper" rubbish is robbery in of itself. Anyway, it does annoy me somewhat when I see people plopping themselves down and reading books in the bookstore. I don't want to buy a book with its spine broken or wotnot. And it does seem a bit like stealing. I have a certain amount of sympathy for the bookseller and author. It's good for the author if the books sells (otherwise they get boxfulls of homeless books shipped to them, which is no fun, and the publisher will not reprint). And I always feel intensely guilty if I leave a small bookseller's without buying something...eek. o.O If I read a book in the store, which I occasionally do (/guilt twinges), I normally buy something else to compensate.


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post Sep 15 2004, 09:23 PM
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It was Robert Rankin,
so you are forgiven.

Although really, you should register your love of his fiction by allowing him a few pennies of royalities.
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post Sep 15 2004, 09:34 PM
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If anyone knows Robert rankin's address, I'm sure I could stretch to a few quid biggrin.gif


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