I've always wondered what people and particularly bookstores thought of this. On Saturdays, I usually head to a bookstore near the coffee shop I spend a couple of hours in. I see people there all the time just sitting and reading. One time, I went in there and saw a man reading and when I passed by the store a few hours later I saw the same guy reading the same book. Is this stealing? You're just reading the book on private property and you're not buying the book nor anything else. What do you think? I personally read a chapter and if I like it then I'll either buy it, look for it at a used bookstore or check out Amazon.