Now, don't get me wrong -- certainly you still have the right to object. I just object to the idea that it's costing you or any other author money. It's not.
It's giving you money by increasing sales.
So you say, and I could probably find some counterpoints.
But it's not a right for you to choose as a consumer. It's a right for me to choose
as a producer. And the choice is probably must be made on a case-by-case basis.
If anything, you "stole" the right of the GURPS book producers of the choice of
controlling the distribution. So you did steal, just perhaps not in the way you
see it. And you justified that theft by buying more books. Maybe you bought
those books because of an unconscious guilt? Who knows?
It's a bit like saying "I demand the right to test drive any car I choose
for the weekend, because eventually I'll probably buy that car." Yes,
perhaps, but there's an opportunity cost to that test drive that you might
not be aware of. And that's up to the producer to choose. Again.
-- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker