I don’t download games, unless there’s no demo to show me if it runs on my PC (a fair thing to know before buying it, I’d think).
I don’t download music available in stores or reasonably available for sale on the net.
I don’t download books I don’t already own unless they’re not available on the new market anymore (I’m also not a fan of buying used from places that don’t get royalties to the author).
But if someone told me “Hey, guess what? You can torrent every god damn textbook around at this site”, I’d be all over that. No compunctions whatsoever, not even the slightest hint of guild.
Fuck you, textbook companies. Fuck your virtual monopoly, fuck your overpriced 90% shit books that I’ll barely get any use out of if any at all, and fuck your compulsory purchases. Out of the wide variety of textbooks I’ve had to buy, there are two I’d actually consider good books, and got some use out of in my class. There’s a reason everyone just rents them or sells them back as soon as the semester is over. They’re almost always shit, because they CAN be. Start selling them cheaper to start with, or make the value approach that insane $120 price point you put on ‘em. I guarantee profits will go up when people actually buy the new one in a situation that isn’t under duress, and they’ll stop desperately hunting for torrents.