I’m afraid I’m writing this blog post from a rather uncomfortable position. I feel such a fool and I owe you an apology.
At the start of the year I outsourced the creation of a new eBook about using the public domain to create information products, I had received lots of emails from buyers of my eBook Prints Make Profits about the use of public domain material and I felt that there was a good synergy between the two.
Whilst waiting for the eBook to be written I bought a domain name, set up hosting and began writing some sales copy.
I received the completed eBook a couple of weeks ago and was delighted to pay the writers fee as it appeared to be a very professional piece of work.
I decided to make the eBook available to you for free prior to placing it on the ClickBank marketplace so I uploaded the PDF to my web space and sent a broadcast email.
I was very pleased with the response, lots of you took the time to pass on your thanks and feedback by email.
I was horrified, however, when I received an email yesterday pointing out that my ‘new’ eBook was identical (right down to the images used) to Tony Laidig’s eBook ‘The public Domain advantage’.
You can imagine how I felt; I was mortified to think that I had broken the law by distributing copyright protected material. I felt embarrassed that I had misled you, and I was angry that I had been duped into paying hundreds of dollars for ‘exclusive rights to a unique eBook’ that didn’t exist.
I immediately disabled the link to the PDF, I have sent a message explaining the situation to Tony Laidig and I have expressed my feelings to the person who sold the ebook to me.
I decided to write this post because I value honesty above all else and I felt that I would be doing you a disservice if I was not completely open and honest with you.
I have learned an important and expensive lesson;
It is an unfortunate fact of life that not everybody we choose to do business with is as honest and trustworthy as ourselves. This fact is true in the offline world and it is even more pertinent in the online world where the lack of face to face contact does give the unscrupulous operator a distinct advantage.
Remember the old adage – BUYER BEWARE……it is up to us to satisfy ourselves that our seller is genuine and the various pieces of information provided are true and accurate BEFORE we enter into any transaction.
I sincerely hope that we can all benefit from my experience by being that little bit more cautious and wary in our business dealings and if that is the case then I will have received full value for my money after all.
I would appreciate your comments and thoughts.
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