People who read the books at Barnes and Noble like it is a library will not have access to the ark.
I love books. I have purchased and kept every book I have read as an adult except for one novel by Sir Walter Raleigh (which I could not get through) and a couple of career related books that I took out of the library on subjects I don’t feel the need to host on my shelves. I spend a lot of time (and money) on books and I know that I am unusual in that respect. Many writers are. I don’t want the Kindle or the Nook or any other computerized book system because I want to own the physical publication. I have them all on bookshelves throughout my house. That said, to all of you lounging around at the bookstore reading books you don’t own, for God sakes GO TO THE LIBRARY!
There is a difference between a bookstore and a library. One is a public service and one is a moneymaking venture. If you are unsure of the difference, please click on the links above. It is one thing to leaf through the pages of a novel quickly, scanning the first chapter and occasional subsequent pages to see if you like the writing style and are drawn in by the beginning of the story, judging the book by its cover and a little more to determine whether you want to purchase it. It is quite another to plant yourself in an oversized comfy chair with your cup of coffee, put on your glasses and read the book for an hour or so. That is not perusing; that is stealing.Perhaps it doesn’t seem like a big deal to you. Perhaps dog-earing the pages of a book that can no longer be sold doesn’t bother your conscience. I suppose you feel that copyrights, royalties, and other pesky laws probably don’t apply to you. But they do. So if you can’t afford the $7.99 or (I understand books can be expensive) the $25.99 for the book in your hand, put it down, step away from the bookstore, and slowly reach for your keys. Once you have exited the building, drive to your nearest library where you are welcome to curl up with one of their books. They’ll even let you take it home at no cost to you as long as you promise to bring it back when you are done. You can manage that courtesy can’t you? If not, we’ll tackle that subject on another day.