Originally posted by urusai:
What is your opinion about the sale of used books. I often defer
a used book purchase with the reasoning that I would like to
give the sale of a book to the Author/Publisher/Dealer so the
creators can receive their due credit and or compensation.
Authors/Publishers/Creators are compensated upon the original sale of the book (or videotape or DVD). It is good to hear that "users" want to ensure credit and compensation, but accepted practice in just about all fields of publishing is that it is okay to buy and sell used copies of works (I used to work in a used record (vinyl LP) store in Nashville TN, just blocks from the offices of major labels and publishers -- they didn't care, nor did songwriters and artists). Peter Duffie's and Richard Kaufman's attitudes are similiar to those of most authors that I have met.
Lending libraries offer a similar conundrum, but are critical to the introduction of many laypeople to the world of magic. Unfortunately some authors (Mike Close comes to mind) have indicated that loaning their works is not appropriate. I think this is a little restrictive -- it is though the author
wants to retain rights to the information contained in the book after its sale, and my opinion is that they can't do so.
Obviously, making a copy of a book or tape or DVD is bad, bad, bad (although many folks who honor this concept with respect to magic instructional videos have no problems with making and swapping copies of magic TV shows).