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Library financials Fri, Aug 01, 2008
I've been getting some books from the library recently, and I've even watched a few movies.  The thing that doesn't make sense to me is, how is this not considered stealing?  Yes, I realize the library buys the books and movies they have in their possession, and yes I realize my tax dollars fund the purchase of said items.  But if I buy a book from Amazon, I pay $10-$20, and I know that at least some of that money goes directly to the writer.  By borrowing it from the library, I'm using a copy that was only paid for once, which means the writer is losing out on the money I would've paid if I bought it myself.  By reading it and not paying, I'm essentially stealing.  Do libraries have some sort of licensing agreement with writers and publishers? #money

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