A Moral Quandry

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    Next week an author is speaking at a local library followed by a book signing while I am interested in the subject matter and would like to hear him speak, at this point I have no intention of buying the book is there anything morally wrong with going with this mindset?


    If it’s a public event at a local library with no purchase required, there shouldn’t be a problem with that.


    It isn’t a sales event, so no problem going

    ☕ DaasYochid ☕

    I don’t see a problem.


    Shouldn’t Joseph have an issue that it is in a Library?


    Assuming the point of the library is to loan books, and not to sell them – presumably he is not selling his books at this event, and he is signing books for people who are bringing ones they bought elsewhere?
    If you borrow his book from the library, will he sign it?


    I would assume it looks better for the author if more people attend the event even if they don’t buy the book. It’s not like you’re taking up a seat that would have otherwise been filled by a potential buyer.


    Thanks all for the feedback, WTP I assume he will be selling books after the lecture and signing those. I figured it would be okay but wanted the oilems opinion.


    TheGoq: You can surely ask either the author or the library.

    However, imagine yourself as an author who slaved away at this book. You have a book promotion coming up at a neighborhood library.

    One of your fans appreciates you so much but cannot afford to buy your book at the book signing for whatever reason, but really wants to meet you in person.

    This fan would come out of one’s way just to be there. Even some of the people buying your book that wouldn’t necessarily plan to see you. They could have just been there at the time, or came along with a friend or something.

    But someone who really wants to meet you and cares about what you wrote, this person. Imagine if someone told you that this fan wasn’t going to show up because it didn’t seem right to stop by without buying a book. What a shame! What a gift it is to meet someone who cares about what you read! That’s priceless.

    TheGoq — Your presence alone will be a blessing! At least, I would appreciate it. I have been to book signings and I think that authors really appreciate it when someone takes the time to see them, and let them know how much their book made a difference in one’s life. That’s all. If you can do that, you have no clue what kind of gift that is. Seriously.


    Thank you for the encouragement lb!

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