According to at least a few recent articles on book heists — including Margo Rabb’s sassy NY Times essay “Steal These Books” and Jim Milliot’s newsy Publishers Weekly piece, “Attributor Study Finds Pervasive Online Book Piracy” — books are getting ripped off in increasing numbers, possibly due to recession.
It all has me wondering about more than rates of book thievery from booksellers and publishers. Not that billions of dollars and millions of copies pilfered isn’t a big deal. It is. The implications of a single act of stealing ripple far beyond that incident.
Or do they?
What do you think? (Or perhaps better, what have you stolen?)
Further, is a book thief likely to be a plagiarist? (By “plagiarist,” I mean someone [who writes] who takes another’s work in whole or in part (even unique and recognizable features) and attributes it to her- or himself.)
If s/he’s not likely to be a plagiarist, why not?