It's literally been keeping me up at night, well last night to be specific. (Check my Twitter feed, my ramblings about life and book piracy at three in the morning are frighteningly entertaining.) Anyways, my hopes for this post is to 1) Get all of this off my chest because it's been seriously bothering me. 2) Possibly use this as a tool for the next time this is brought up in a conversation to thoroughly defend my thoughts and 3) This is going to be pretty much a rant, because I am M-A-D!
Below, I'm going to put three of the main points I keep hearing from Book Pirates as to why they think pirating is okay in blue. Under that I'm going to pretty much say why the statement above is messed up in so many ways and ultimately bash Book Piracy! Yay!
Book Pirate: "Well, duhh... It's not like I'm stealing
or doing anything wrong."
Oh my goodness! What in the world is wrong with you?! Of course it's stealing! You are taking something that is not yours which is pretty much the set definition of stealing! My parents raised me believing that there is right and that there is wrong and stealing falls into that nifty wrong category. Really this should be all the argument needed because it literally comes down to this: It is wrong. Unfortunately though, people still do it.
Book Pirate: "Durr, everybody does it..."*A giant flashing red sign appears with the letters W-R-O-N-G above their head*
No, not everybody does it!! The few people that do do this, well I wouldn't want to categorize myself in that sort of grouping. Obviously there has to be people that buy books. I mean yeah, Borders closed, but there's still Barnes & Noble, books on Amazon, Independent Bookstores, Book Depository and I could make a long list, but hopefully you get the point. Also back to that whole "it's wrong thing", yeah, well quite a few people know this and chose to do the right thing. Also you can go list all your friends that steal books too, but all that means is that's more people that you'll have to share you're stinky jail cell with.
It's your choice of how you want to spend your money, but that still doesn't make it right to steal. That's like if I spent all of my money on books, but still wanted a cute shirt, so I walked into the store, stuffed it in my bag and walked out because I don't have enough money to pay for all the clothes I want to wear...
There's also this awesome building that almost every town has where you can, be sure to listen up here because you're not going to believe this, *whispers* they give you free books and legally! You might have heard of it, it's called a Library. Also, if they don't have a book you want, the lovely Librarians will order it for you from another branch, for free. So the whole "Durr I don't have money" thing doesn't work, because there's a legal way to read books without having to pay.
Some of this was pretty harsh, but it needed to be said. Book Piracy is wrong. If you call yourself a book lover, but are dense enough to believe that your aren't greatly affecting this wonderful Book Community, you should be ashamed.
What do you think of Book Piracy?
Do you know anyone who pirates books? Does it make you angry too?
Thanks for listening to this extremely long rant guys!