|"Screw fair use!" shouted the copyright owners.|
I already download books for free from NetGalley and OverDrive from my Library. I've made my peace with buying books from Amazon's Kindle store, mostly because I don't think about the fact that I'm really just leasing them instead of having owning them outright like I would if I bought the book in print. It bothers me, though. Thorsson made a good point that's stuck with me since I read his post. If the copyright owners provide access to an online library expansive enough to contain the books you want to read for the foreseeable future, does it really matter that you don't own the book you downloaded to read that one time (or two)?
Not that getting used to leasing instead of owning makes it right that copyright owners found out how to use licensing instead of letting things stay under the right of first sale. I feel a little scammed when I think about the ramifications.