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Paul Hallas

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On the 12th of Jan I released a mentalism e-booklet through Lybrary . A couple of the items in it I'd already shared with members here previously. It took less than a week for it to get pirated and offered from China. 

So if you happen to come across anyone who mentions the book, please direct them here rather than China. https://www.lybrary.com/mind-pieces-p-923530.html

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Aw, Paul... I hate hearing that. Unfortunately you presciently predicted the piracy in your introduction; that'll teach you! No, seriously, I hate it for you and hope it doesn't dissuade you from continuing to share your work with us through ebooks. I grabbed my copy shortly after your FB post announcing it. While I have only skimmed the contents so far, and therefore cannot comment on it, I am particularly intrigued with the section It's Just Words, and plan on spending some time with it soon.

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On the 12th of Jan I released a mentalism e-booklet through Lybrary . A couple of the items in it I'd already shared with members here previously. It took less than a week for it to get pirated and offered from China. 

So if you happen to come across anyone who mentions the book, please direct them here rather than China. https://www.lybrary.com/mind-pieces-p-923530.html

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A week??!!

Blimey they must be on a go-slow.

How many ways can you say scumbags?
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How many ways can you say scumbags?


Well, that's one. I'd consult my thesaurus for more, but it's in Chinese...

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If I ever discovered the name of any magician who has paid the Chinese pirates for one of my books, I'd shame the bastard on every forum. I've added a Chinese curse, in Chinese, to all of my publications. I don't know if that will work, but nothing else seems to.
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What's the curse?  That could come in handy ...
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Alan Smithee

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I thought Voodoo was more Mister Farmer's thing. Or am I thinking of something else.
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You're just feeling like you have seen it before.
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The sad thing to me is that there is no way to really assess how much this practice is hurting the creators.  The illegitimate sellers aren't going to tell you how many copies they've sold.  I imagine it is significant or they wouldn't bother.

The only way to even try to limit this from happening would be to create a mailing list of "trusted" people similar to what Karl Fulves did.  I think Jerry Sadowitz did similarly.  But then you limit your sales to the list and perhaps not everybody on the list will purchase anyway, so you're screwed.


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The sad thing to me is that there is no way to really assess how much this practice is hurting the creators.  The illegitimate sellers aren't going to tell you how many copies they've sold.  I imagine it is significant or they wouldn't bother.



Well, at the time I spotted it being advertised in China,  Lybrary, the exclusive source had sold only 5 copies and none of them to China! However, the Chinese site was claiming to have sold 339 copies (offered at a third of the price).  

Whilst Chris had it up on the first page of his site as a new item it hadn't even appeared in his full newsletter. He told me it's possible they might not actually have it yet, just the cover image. But there really is know way of knowing for sure.  Their claim of 339 copies sold may simply be a b.s. selling tactic.  But even if a fraction of that were true they've already made more profit than the author in the first week.

I knew it would get ripped off, that's the way it is these days, I even mentioned it in the opening remarks of the booklet. I was just surprised to see it happen so soon. But, it's already in the rear view mirror. Moving forward, other things to think about.
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I didn't know they advertised copies sold. Good to know. I think it is likely they are bluffing.
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I didn't know they advertised copies sold. Good to know. I think it is likely they are bluffing.


Must admit, first time I've come across it on one of these sites.
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