Sunday, December 21, 2008

Moral Dilemma

I'm reading this absolutely amazing book right now (more on the book once I finish it). But since it's from the library, I can't underline all its wonderful passages. And I so want to underline all its wonderful passages. I'm trying to decide if I should just give in and get out my pen, and pay whatever fine the library imposes on me. I'm only a quarter through the book, and hope I have the moral fortitude to not start marking the text. If I happily pay the library's fine, is it still considered immoral? Is it wrong to treat one's public library system like a trial offer?

5 comments:

David said...

Post-it the good pages and photocopy or scan them.

David said...
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David said...

And yes, writing in a library book is a sin on par with jay walking and glancing at an attractive person while a significant other is distracted.

Michelle Panik said...

:) Thanks for being my probity police, Dave.

Renee Thompson said...

Here's what I do: make a light checkmark in the margin, then dog-ear the page. At the end of the book I go back and record the checked passages in a "Keepers" file, then erase the checkmarks, unfold the dog-ears, and return the book. Totally legit!