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Dave Campbell

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I didn't post this when I got Harry's new book, but someone else just recently posted an eBook that I got for free because I'm a long-time purchaser, and it suffers the same ill that Harry's does.

I thought we were all done with the bad-old days of having password-protected eBooks.. I mean what the heck.. now I have to have a list of eBook passwords saved somewhere to open these things. and heaven help you if you lose the email that the password came in on.

There's much better ways to do this. Michael Close, for instance has this banner on the bottom of every page:

Prepared exclusively for Dave Campbell (dave@wynapse.com) Transaction: xxxx

Others do that as well, and I don't need a pw to open it.

The fact of the matter is this:

The book is going to get ripped off eventually, we all know that. someone somewhere has the ability to either remove the password or the text on the bottom of the page and then upload it to some site that we've all discussed before.

So why make it stupidly difficult for the folks that originally purchased it?

 

 


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Hi Dave,

I just rename the files and add pwXXXX, so I don´t need to list them seperately and I can usr copy-and-paste to fill the pw in...but I would favour Michael Close´s handling on this too.

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Hi Dave,

I just rename the files and add pwXXXX, so I don´t need to list them seperately and I can usr copy-and-paste to fill the pw in...but I would favour Michael Close´s handling on this too.

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That's what I do too... but just about every time I click on one, I forget it's got the stupid pw on it and have to go copy it.

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Hi, guys.

They're both good ideas in my opinion. Dave suggestion does remove any hassle for the purchaser. But at least Axel's idea gives you an easier alternative if there is a password. The only ebook I own is Harry's so I don't need to remember much thankfully.

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I have to agree with you on this, Dave. I can see why the idea would be appealing to creators sick of being ripped off, especially less tech-savvy ones, but there are better ways. "Protection" like this does more to inconvenience purchasers than deter thieves, I think.

There was a class action against Sony BMG years ago for the hoops they were making CD purchasers jump through to rip music to their computers. Beyond just making the process of accessing one's bought music a pain, the copy-protection software they were making people use was actually compromising their customers' computers. I know because I was one of the customers contacted as part of the class action, who had to then have my computer fixed.

It ended up being a lot of hassle because, basically, music companies were afraid of what a new technology might do to their business model. But the measure they took penalized their own customers most of all, and did little to keep the music off of file-sharing sites. Those intent on stealing still found a way.
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Copy protection reduces the value of any product.

It reduces the number of devices or programs one can use to enjoy the product.

It reduces the ability to convert the product into another format in the future, possibly decades in the future, for use on a device or program that has not yet been invented.

It reduces the convenience of accessing and using the product in general.

Personally, I never buy copy protected ebooks or audiobooks or music. I have, on multiple occasions, spent more for physical copies because I prefer the freedom that comes with them.

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Hi Dave,

I just rename the files and add pwXXXX, so I don´t need to list them seperately and I can usr copy-and-paste to fill the pw in...but I would favour Michael Close´s handling on this too.

Axel


Thanks, Axel, I wasn't aware of that. 

Overall, I do agree with Dave. I have gone to open the pdf a couple of times and had to go and find the password... grumbling the entire time!

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I agree that passwords suck. I don't use them on my pdf downloads and I hate it when I purchase something that has one. I think the seller should always disclose the use of a password. I might think twice about the purchase if I knew a password was required.


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Harry, next book, “How to remember all your Passwords.” please.
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Harry, next book, “How to remember all your Passwords.” please.


LOL...

Wouldn't be so bad if it were pw WE create -- but these are pw created by others, but you're right...

I checked I have 8 eBooks that have pw... 3 are either really new or reasonably so, the others are from Mathieu Bich's newsletters he had back in 2006 -- so it's really only 8 😉

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I just have Harry's book which is password protected and another one whose name escapes me at the moment but I also do what others have suggested, write the password as part of the name so I don't have to look for it months or years later. The password is stuck to the name so all I have to do is remember the pwd is there... Lol
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Not sure what this is all about, bùt i just bought the Regal book from Harrys site andi dont see a way to download it.
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Hi Michael,

normally it takes some time and you get an e-mail with the download-link and the password...I bought More Jaw-Droppers and it took..roundabout 10 minutes to get the link and the password...I think it depends on the day-time, I don´t they are sent automatically...so, perhaps be patient, I´m sure Harry will care...

by the way: good buy!! Have fun with it!

All the best,

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What really sucks is that I buy procucts with a link and a password! No normal instructions...then you have to remember both link and password...especially funny it is if the link is changed to another direction...'*+§"&#

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Thanks Axel. [smile]     I'll be patient. There's plenty of magic to play with in the meantime. 
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Still hasnt arrived yet. But i can wait
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Hm...I got my link by elizabethlorayne@gmail.com ...perhaps you can ask there...or have you looked into the spam-file?

Good luck,

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Im thinking the weekend has something to do with it. Been playing with some Lee Asher stuff in the mean time
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If you haven't received anything by now, I would suggest sending an email to ask if they received payment. When I bought Harry's new ebook, it was a Saturday night and Sunday morning I received the password. 

Did you check if the transaction was successful?

If you use Paypal, they send you an email letting you know about the transaction. 

If you paid by credit card, they may also let you know about the transaction. 

Or they are busy and haven't seen it yet...

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They sent it yesterday afternoon. And that Regal book is really good so far.
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They sent it yesterday afternoon. And that Regal book is really good so far.


Yeah... I had picked that up in hardback from someone online I think... and it is a good one!

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      I just saw a couple of posts above asking me to write a new book on how to remember passwords!!   Just want to let those who asked know that a new book teaching that "ain't" necessary.  Any one of my current - already out there - books on memory training will teach you how to do that.  Ya' gotta' start reading the good stuff, guys! 
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Hey Harry--

That one from me was tongue-in-cheek of course! … been using your memory stuff since you first put it out 😉

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