I bet that title has you all confused! Hah! In the past few years my reading had gone down a lot – I got into the habit of picking up books at the airport or randomly at the mall. But since I’ve finally gotten down to reading again in the past year, I face the age-old conundrum – to buy or not to buy the book? With so many resources available online from where you can easily get a free e-version of books – I have reduced my book buying but not stopped. I feel extremely guilty every time I read a pirated book and actually enjoy the book (the bad ones I find it easy to let the guilt slide). So to be a pirate or not? (😛)
WHY I FEEL GUILTY BEING JACK SPARROW –
- The main reason of course is that the author doesn’t get his/her dues.
- If I really like a book – boy the guilt is so much – because the author doesn’t get their due despite the marvelous work they’ve done.
- An e-reader consumes a lot of energy and can be less energy efficient than buying books (if you read more than 40 books/year on your e-reader than you’re probably being energy efficient) but this guilt holds true for non-pirated Kindle books too.
WHY I DON’T FEEL GUILTY BEING JACK SPARROW –
- I get the book instantly – there is no wait to get a book after I’ve made up my mind that I want to read it (which can be achieved by buying kindle books too so jump to point 2)
- When Kindle books are priced almost as much as the physical book – it really annoys me! Atleast with physical books you can pass on the book to someone else after you’re done or if you really like it can be a part of your vast library but why would someone pay the same amount for a Kindle book especially after having already paid to buy the Kindle?
- If a book isn’t good – I don’t feel bad about having spent money on it.
- Book prices need to be dynamic in my opinion. I am sure this will be an unpopular opinion but authors and publishing houses should change the book price depending on it’s demand like airplane tickets. Higher demand – charge more, lower demand – charge less; that way 15 years after the book has been published and it’s popularity isn’t that high instead of charging 6 Pounds for it, you now charge 4 Pounds. Or a dynamic pricing model based on volume sales maybe? The first 100,000 books will cost X, the next 100,000 will cost 0.95X, the next 100,000 will cost 0.9X and so on till you reach .5X and then that will be it’s fixed cost. It’s a thought, what do you think?
- Reading books online means less paper usage leading to lesser trees being cut.
What are your thoughts on this? Do you feel guilty reading pirated books? I usually do a 2-1 thing wherein I read two free books and then buy a book to make myself feel less guilty.
PS: If you are confused about who Jack Sparrow is – I recommend watching Pirates of the Caribbean NOW! (Disney+)
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