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Alternatively, buy your eBooks and strip the DRM right off the bat. I'm taking no chances and I'm sick of heavy boxes when I move.

Alternatively, pirate everything and laugh all the way to the bank

The moment that none-pirated material is

a) accessible and buyable by me (Linux, .nl based) b) at least as easy to find and get as pirated material

I will immediately buy. In all other situations: I am not going to fiddle with drm-ripping python scripts, convertors, virtual-machines, geo-ip-faking-proxies and so on, just to be able to pay for stuff that I can get without all that hassle for free.

I even track down authors for books I like and wire them the money personally, if for some reason their publishers hide behind all this DRM nonsense.

The last two sentences seem to contradict each other: You don't want to jump through hoops but try to track down authors to send them money on a sidechannel?

In general I'm with you though (Germany, mostly on Linux as well) and I try to do something similar whenever possible.

You can't really do this so easily with books, but my favourite tactic with music is to rampantly pirate an artists output, then go up to them at a gig and press a wad of cash into their hand with an apologetic smile :)

Now that's cutting out the middleman!

Yeah, it's taking money out of the hands of all those who worked to support the artist and help them get on that stage.

Laugh all the way to the bank? It'll be the bank laughing at me if I turn up saying "Look, I saved $9.99 on an ebook by pirating it."

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