*Translation: why book pirating is awful and what you can do instead (so I don’t throw you overboard 😉 )*
A part of me just wants to write GRR DON’T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT– which of course is tremendously convincing and bound to win loads of people over. But seriously don’t do it– it’s stealing people’s hard work and it genuinely makes me furious cos the book industry is so important (to me and *the world*) and I don’t want to see people *who literally bring books into the universe* cheated.
Mostly this is something I’ve only heard of from readers irl and thought book bloggers were beyond this shady business- but I have seen some people suggesting you illegally download controversial books- and I want to reiterate DO NOT DO THIS. You all know my opinion on reading controversial books or books by controversial authors but if you really feel like you couldn’t possibly read something, then just don’t read it. And please don’t encourage it either (in fact word to the wise, don’t write “do this illegal thing” on your blog).
What bothers me so much about it is that there are so many ways you can read without resorting to stealing- and that’s why I decided to turn this into a positive post about all the ways you can get cheap or even free books. And I realise some of these are only things you can do in an English speaking country, but a fair number are things you can do *anywhere* in the world, so I hope that people find this helpful:
- Libraries– ahh welcome to my happy place! Not only can you just walk in and borrow *whatever* you want, but you can request things specifically (sometimes for a meagre fee). Also you can join several libraries and a lot of them have online catalogues so you can find and request books galore (yes I am that strategic person who plans library visits on occasion). I’m lucky to currently live in London, so I have the option to join different boroughs- which I have- but if you don’t there are usually more than one library per county, so you can often spread the love around a bit if you get bored of the selection in your local library.
- Second hand– the wonderful thing about this one is that there’s always new ways you can get second hand books- on top of the traditional charity shops and used book stores, there’s also increasing numbers of online second hand book shops like abebooks (not spon)
- Book depository and other discount shops– compare the prices and see where you can get the best deal!
- Book swaps– with friends or online (there’s often book swaps happening on twitter!!)
- Freebies and kindle deals– so what I do is stick most of my tbr on a wishlist and wait for the price to drop, and then I have a nice store of all kinds of books for a rainy/the right day. Also there’s lots of free classics, both available on amazon and on other sites, speaking of which…
- Project Gutenburg- the best place to get all the out of date copyright books you could possibly want (this was a lifesaver for me in uni!) So give classics a go if you’re bored!
- Finally, check out other suggestions from bloggers:
Okay, I think I kept that rather civil all things considered- how do you feel about book pirating? (feel free to just slam your hands on the keyboard in frustration 😉 ) Do you have any other alternatives to add? Let me know in the comments!