A couple of weeks or so ago, I went on a tangent on Twitter about book piracy. (What? Me go on a tangent on Twitter? NO WAY.) Let me tell you a little bit about what happened.
So the other week, I was watching videos on YouTube. I have a whole bunch of people I’ve followed in a variety of different fields that I find interesting, everything from humorous gamers to inspirational and motivational people to productivity hackers and Sims 4 players. It was on a video for a financial YouTuber, though, that I found myself getting supremely ticked off.
I won’t name names. But, you see, this particular YouTuber, who I really liked following, really enjoyed their videos, and had learned quite a bit from, was doing a video about saving money, as financial YouTubers often do. I was actually enjoying the video and gleaning a few bits of useful information from it, even though the general subject of the video didn’t quite apply to me and my life situation anymore, when the YouTuber in question reached one of his points of advice to college students about saving money on their college textbooks: he recommended that the students go on Google and search for “free” .pdf files of their college textbooks. Then, adding insult to injury to authors everywhere, he added, and I quote directly from his video, “Surprisingly, this is how you can get many books entirely for free, not just textbooks! So if there’s a book you’ve been planning to read and you just haven’t bought it yet, go search Google for it, and it might already be up there!”
Everyone who knows me knows exactly how much the muscles in my right cheek twitched when I heard that line.
Let me explain why.