This is my first time posting. I’m not sure this belongs in this section.
I bought a physical book. This is a used textbook. It is a big book, I get tired of carrying it around and I don’t have much room for books were I live either. So I downloaded the digital version from a torrent. Since I own the physical copy is this stealing? Is it moral? I have already been to confession just in case.
I have a couple of justifications for this. First is that a book is similar to a CD. When I buy a used CD I can make a digital version of it for use on my phone. I could cut the binding off the book and scan it in. This would get me a digital copy of the book. Instead of doing this my self I can go online and someone has done it for me.
Secondly, as a student I will often buy the second from last edition to save money. The information in it is basically the same as the most resent version but they scramble the sections, chapters or problems in the newer version. You can usually find these editions for sale used. But they rarely continue selling the digital version of the book. So I couldn’t get the digital copy if I wanted to.
My third justification is that it is impossible to by a used ebooks. They are only ever sold at full retail price. It would seem unfair that physical and digital copies are treated different. So buying a used copy of the book and then downloading a digital copy is kind of like buying a used ebook version.
Sorry if I seem rather declarative. It was not my intention. I’d rather do what is right and follow our Lord then continue reading these books if it is immoral.
Thanks for your replies in advance.