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    How wrong is it...

    ... to sit in Barnes and Noble and read an entire book? I found a great one, but I can't afford to buy books right now, so I go there every so often and read the book, chapter by chapter. Is this akin to stealing?

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    Can it be found in the local library? If so, go there first if it makes you feel better. Second, you are helping Barnes and Noble in a way, by making their store seem inviting. By inviting, I mean this, someone walks by the window and says "WOW, is that UA sitting in there reading? I better get in there and read too, I don't want to appear dumber than UA!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    Can it be found in the local library? If so, go there first if it makes you feel better. Second, you are helping Barnes and Noble in a way, by making their store seem inviting. By inviting, I mean this, someone walks by the window and says "WOW, is that UA sitting in there reading? I better get in there and read too, I don't want to appear dumber than UA!!!!!!!!!!!!"
    My first choice was the liberry but they didn't have this book. Also, I don't know if a crazy, bearded, homeless looking dude qualifies as "making their store seem inviting."

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    My first choice was the liberry but they didn't have this book. Also, I don't know if a crazy, bearded, homeless looking dude sticking out his freaky tongue qualifies as "making their store seem inviting."
    you got me licked.
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    Phobias are for irrational fears. Fear of junk ripping badgers is perfectly rational. Those things are nasty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    you got me licked.
    The only way I can concentrate is if my tongue hangs off the side of my face...

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    The store makes it conducive to do so, so NO. Don't wreck it or anything and behave yourself.
    Return the favor someday by actually buying a book . I'm being sympathetic here.

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    sometimes the library can order it from another in the area, check the libraries website.

    would the responses here change if the bookstore were on a highway frontage road, with a tall sign that said "Late Night Books + Peepshow" ??
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    ummm....UA, porn magazines are not to be read in the store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    My first choice was the liberry but they didn't have this book.
    If you can't afford to buy, you need to borrow. Library is your best choice. If they don't have it, you'll need to be less selective about the books you choose.

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    Just don't bring the book into the men's room; that would really be wrong.

















    The women's room would be even wronger.

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    +1 on the suggestion to try interlibrary loan. One additional issue is that if you are there often enough to read through the entire book chapter by chapter, eventually the book might not appear new. Although I suppose you could read from a different copy each time I would still use the library since that is what they are for (borrowing not buying) . If they don't have the book you want perhaps you could suggest they purchase it?

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    Maybe see if they're hiring? employee discount + cash could be nice. If they can't use you up front, I'm sure you'd be a hit in the peep show.

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    +1 for the interlibrary loan. I can get my hands on any book...it just might take a while.

    If the bookstore has chairs, it's not stealing. If they have nails studding every horizontal surface, you should probably take the hint and read standing up.
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    Do you really want to know? Technically, it's stealing. You're enjoying the fruits of labor of several other people without paying for it. Not only that, you're doing it in the very store that sells it. Brazen, wrong. But bold. Have fun.
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    Some sort of pithy irrelevant one-liner should go here.

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    What makes this uberworse is that I cannot get a library card here. The amount of stuff I need to show proof of my residency is, unfortunately, beyond my abilities at the moment. Interlibrary loans are great but work well only for those for whom it applies.

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    I was gonna say, doubt you can get a library card so soon after moving there. Get your GF to get you library books?

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    Or buy it off Amazon. Haven't bought anything from a chain bookstore in yonks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coffeecake View Post
    Or buy it off Amazon. Haven't bought anything from a chain bookstore in yonks.
    money situ won't allow me to do that. Everything I have right now is what I have and I have no money coming in. Books are a luxury I can't afford right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    What makes this uberworse is that I cannot get a library card here. The amount of stuff I need to show proof of my residency is, unfortunately, beyond my abilities at the moment. Interlibrary loans are great but work well only for those for whom it applies.
    does the gf have a lib card? just use it. at my library you check out books yourself, so they wouldn't notice if you had someone else's card. might not notice even if they did it for you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    does the gf have a lib card? just use it. at my library you check out books yourself, so they wouldn't notice if you had someone else's card. might not notice even if they did it for you...
    I can do the self checkout, I suppose, but I'd need her to do the interlibrary loan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    I can do the self checkout, I suppose, but I'd need her to do the interlibrary loan.
    online?
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    Quote Originally Posted by artifice View Post
    online?
    still have to be there in person to pick up the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnsafeAlpine View Post
    My first choice was the liberry but they didn't have this book. Also, I don't know if a crazy, bearded, homeless looking dude qualifies as "making their store seem inviting."
    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    you got me licked.
    I have to go brush my teeth now.
    That mental image has left me with the aftertaste of dried leaves and pet hair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
    I have to go brush my teeth now.
    That mental image has left me with the aftertaste of dried leaves and pet hair.
    if you roll it over your tongue, you will also get subtle nuances of oak, blood and failure.
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