What`s it to the author if you
a) buy books secondhand
b) borrow books from the library
c) borrow books from a friend
d) lend books to friends
This is not quite the same thing to my mind. All authors expect all of the above, osit, and take these points into account.
or e) read books online
The author doesn´t care because in all cases he get`s nothing.
Only if you buy a NEW copy does the author get royalties.
Reading books online when the author is still alive and these books under copyright is exactly what is discussed in the thread linked by Pepperfritz and myself. I'm only guessing here, but I think the author would care very much, precisely
because they get nothing - i.e. payment for their work. Read what Laura, as a published author, has to say about it. And Laura has put a great deal of her work online freely, both here in this forum and on the Cass site.
What about a dead author? Do we have to be considerate to the author`s inheritants or copyright holders?
Following the ethics of this question, the honest answer has to be 'yes, we do'.
Is it unethical to borrow books or buy them on the fleamarket, ebay or secondhand bookstores?
Again, I'm guessing authors would take this kind of thing into account.
If you were an author would you rather prefer your books only being read if you personally profited from each "act of consumerism"?
That would be ideal. Maybe I'd make some money that way, were I an author!
Would you as an author mind if for one sold copy 9 more people would read it?
Honestly speaking, no I wouldn't. I'd be delighted that people would want to read my book, even if I lost the 'royalties'. But there is no way of asking authors whose books are place on-line without their consent
how they feel about it.
Does Victor Cube even get a fragment of a cent if you buy it for 350 $ from that AmazonMarketplace-seller?
I've no idea what their arrangements are.
Nemo, please don't think I'm attacking you in any way. As someone who's having real problems getting hold of the recommended books, reading the occasional one that appears on-line would be the perfect solution for me (and for any other forumite having the same problem!). It's a question of ethics and honesty. Being wilfully unethical and dishonest would mar the Work I'm trying to do on myself, osit. Following your suggestion of reading on-line and asking questions later is a BIG temptation for me, and as Oscar Wilde said; "The only way to get rid of temptation is by giving in to it!". But that would give me a really BIG guilt-trip, and I have enough guilt on my plate that I'm trying to deal with, without adding more. Just my opinion, fwiw.
Dear oh dear, time for a
, I think!