Hello, My favorite Web site is Google Books. I enjoy visiting it because while I'm there I can read thousands of old books, free of charge. I have known about and used this godsend of cyberspace for several months. But as the days and weeks have quickly passed, with me continually reading books, bound periodicals, published lectures, and even scanned reproductions of 400-year-old books, my conscience has slowly started to trouble me. Then one day, I felt genuinely disturbed. Surely, I thought, only a few free books are online. But no! To get an idea of how many free books I could find, I found a list of 5000 good books, and looked up a half a dozen or so that I had never heard of. I found most of them. I found a catalog of very old, very rare books. Books William Caxton printed himself. My friends, I found reproduction after reproduction of some of the rarest books in the world, and I could read them, gratis!Shouldn't the owners of these treasured resources receive some sort of compensation for allowing us to read them?