I have been using a pirated Scrivener version.

Hello, I am a pirate and I am ashamed of it. I have been using a pirated Scrivener version for the past six months because I am a poor student and cannot afford it.

I like your software so much I’m going to put aside some money and buy it soon.

You can save yourself a few dollars for a beer/coffee/milkshake (depending on your age and inclination) to celebrate your good deed by buying the student edition.

Yep, as Nom says, we have an educational discount in addition to trying to keep the price reasonable anyway–we understand the struggling writer/teacher/student woes! There’s nothing different about the licences other than the price. Thank you for stepping up to support the software.

… Or use the Linux beta ?

Huh! I couldn’t find any pirates of this software, where did you…? NO, not really! I was happy to pay the very reasonable price for Scrivener and it has certainly improved my workflow. Shell out: being legal not only offers a great sense of smug contentment it also says a big thank you to the LitLat crew for all their hard work.

It’s hard to believe that a “poor student” could not pay $35 for the academic edition.
As a student, I washed dishes for that much a week, long long time ago.

However, maybe L & L could take a page from Apple and allow timed payments?
Say $5 down and $5 a month for 6 months?

Yes, it’s an interest-free loan but that’s better than piracy.
The alternative would be to allow ads, which I’m sure no one would like.

Banks facilitate timed payments, without the spectacular overhead of vendor financing, which would also undermine the ability of L&L to be paid for their work.

Scrivener and Scapple are superb value propositions. Our own creativity, productivity, marketability and work ease are founded on the tools we use, the engineering we insist upon. Conventional word processing is adequate for office workers, discomfiting for writers. We dealt with the annoyance; Keith and crew did something about it, and took the financial plight of writers well into account in pricing.

Cut corners, if you must, with rentiers, with monopolistic institutions that rip you off. Share a textbook. For Scrivener, spare the excuses and step up.

Another way to getting straight: enter (and 'finish) NaNoWriMo. They’ve offered a 50% discount to winners at least the last few years.

I won mine in a David Hewson competition! :smiley:

(Also a very enjoyable book by David)

I’ve so been there as a student. Over here, at least, if you don’t have parents helping, are independently wealthy, or have a rich relative, you’re kind of screwed, even with loans. No joke, during my Master’s, I was living off of $60 a month, and I had great financial aid. (Lot of graduate stipends, too, are taxed.) If memory serves, fellowships are considered “self-employed” income, so you really get gouged. If you’re an undergrad, you get screwed worse.

But, yes, buying Scrivener is a good thing to do. Especially if you wait until November, do NaNoWriMo, and get the nice 50% coupon. Worst case, pull a Tolstoy and spend half the book describing a ball scene. :mrgreen: