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Some of the authors of feminist books have given permission to share their works for free but many have not. Many rely on income from book sales to live. Please respect that.

edited to add: stealing from a feminist is not supporting feminism. Pirating books is theft. Feminism won't die if you don't read these books. But the authors might die if they no longer get paid for their work.

Some of the authors of feminist books have given permission to share their works for free but many have not. Many rely on income from book sales to live. Please respect that. edited to add: stealing from a feminist is not supporting feminism. Pirating books is theft. Feminism won't die if you don't read these books. But the authors might die if they no longer get paid for their work.

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I’m assuming this is in response to my free PDF post you commented on. I don’t think it’s fair to imply those who take advantage of a free version are disrespectful.

Although this is a good general rule of thumb, it was already explained that some books are either out of print or only obtainable second-hand or through a library which does not support the author either. Not everyone has the financial availability to purchase 10 new books in which case a ccessing a free book is preferable over no book.

Yes, I can't afford a bunch of new books (I'm a student atm). Please don't stop sharing the pdfs.

I get what you're saying, but I also think we should also be supporting feminist writers whenever possible.

Of course I agree, when possible. However with such an extensive list of options it’s not always possible. In those cases I feel it’s entirely acceptable; I see it as no different than lending from a library.

Libraries have to buy copies of the book. The more the book is borrowed. The more copies the library will buy. Also in some countries, Australia and Canada for example, the government pays grants to authors based on how many copies of books are in their libraries.

Pirating books--in cases where the book is still in copyright and/or the author hasn't signed over a the Creative Commons license for their book--is theft. Some authors do have CC on their books. I'm not sure about any of these feminists. If you respect their work, it would be nice to check with them.

Something like 80% of the people who work in publishing are women. Why not steal from a male centered industry? Why not steal video games, sell them, and use the money you make to buy feminist books?

[–] dalyandot 13 points Edited

I have sometimes looked to buy older rad fem books and they can be really expensive - much more than a new book. Like £50 or $50 dollars for a used paperback of Right Wing Women. I buy when I can and use libraries when I can. But even before the virus local libraries dont always have what I want. So especially for books by those writers that are no longer with us like Dworkin, Daly, Firestone etc then why not share a free copy. edited to add I have preordered a copy of Sheila Jeffrey's new book and have paid for others of hers

I currently can't get English books due to Corona and a good number of the radfem ones haven't been translated or are out of print. The plan is to slowly buy the recent ones whose authors are still alive bit by bit after Corona, when I can order non-local books again, but until then if I want to keep reading, I depend on the pdfs, as I'm boycotting Amazon (the only seller that maybe could deliver non-local books currently). Tried to buy Pornland and a couple others a month ago and the bookstore told me they cannot order from across the ocean at the moment, they just can't, so I'm setting aside some money for that every month for when I can again.

Would it be ok to post pdfs with a link of where you can donate to the author/buy the book? My budget is tight, I think some other people's here is too.