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Old 08-11-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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One of the stupidest auctions on Ebay for reader stuff

http://cgi.ebay.com/How-To-Make-eBoo...QQcmdZViewItem

We give that away for free and help people with it. Plus we let them know where and how to get the software. This seller is a sleazy slimy scumbag.
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Old 08-11-2007, 09:59 PM   #2
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This seller is a sleazy slimy scumbag.
And that surprises you?
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:06 PM   #3
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Doesn't surprise me. Just saddens me given the way ebay works now. They've made it so bidders are kept anonymous. The way it used to be, I could find out who placed a big. Then I'd be able to send a message and tell the person of MobileRead. Too bad to hapless bidders (if there are any).
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:15 PM   #4
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I remember when e-books first started getting noticed. Every other book I saw was a variation on "How to Get Rich Selling an E-Book." Or maybe those were just heavily marketed to writers. It was like the old "Send me $5 and I'll tell you the secret to getting idiots to send you $5" scam.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:16 PM   #5
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If you read the description, to use the "method" you need both MS Word and Adobe Acrobat. So their secret method that they have figured out for you is use PDF files sized to the screen -- the same stuff that Adobe has already given away for free and that has been posted here at MobileRead.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:18 PM   #6
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And this twat expects the average person to have Acrobat? What a wanker.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:23 PM   #7
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Plus he's selling several ebooks. Wow, maybe we should start our own auctions selling Steve Jordan's ebooks. But then again Steve would probably want a cut of the money we collected.
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:29 PM   #8
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This line in the auction is really a hoot...

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The Sony reader ALSO displays photos! Our unique method even explains that as well – so your Sony reader documents can be fully represented in its e-book version that you can make!
I never knew the reader displayed photos. WOW! And this unique method is handed down from MobileReader to MobileReader. LOL!

One of his other auctions that Christion book he claims is in the same genre as CS Lewi's Narnia series is just way over the top. This guy is a hoser and a wanker and is only good for a laugh.
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:43 AM   #9
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Doesn't surprise me. Just saddens me given the way ebay works now. They've made it so bidders are kept anonymous. The way it used to be, I could find out who placed a big. Then I'd be able to send a message and tell the person of MobileRead. Too bad to hapless bidders (if there are any).
Yeah, it kinda sucks that you can't warn anyone before the auction. You can still hand out free information once the auction is over, since then all bidders are no longer anonymous.

There's always some slimebucket out there willing to take advantage of innocent people, really blows to see it happen. n: Every now and then I'll spot someone trying to scam someone on eBay, be it by using a stolen account or using some other unscrupulous practice, and I'll report them; heheh, the auction is usually closed in a few hours!
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Old 08-12-2007, 07:46 AM   #10
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Notice too, that all the screenshots are of the Connect version of "The Da Vinci Code" - certainly not content that you can legally create yourself .
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Notice too, that all the screenshots are of the Connect version of "The Da Vinci Code" - certainly not content that you can legally create yourself .
Stock Sony photos. HAHAHAHA!
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I wonder if it isn't the document on optimizing PDFs for Sony that is free anyway.

http://downloads.oreilly.com/make/PDFsforSONYreader.pdf

(If I had any more guts I'd post a question asking exactly that, "Is this the same book available for free at ____" ) And see if it gets a response....
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Yeah, it kinda sucks that you can't warn anyone before the auction. You can still hand out free information once the auction is over, since then all bidders are no longer anonymous.
You could always put up an identical auction, listing the same "secrets", with a "Buy it Now" price of $.01.

In the ad, you supply a ton of links to MobileRead.
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Old 08-12-2007, 08:23 PM   #14
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You could always put up an identical auction, listing the same "secrets", with a "Buy it Now" price of $.01.

In the ad, you supply a ton of links to MobileRead.
Good idea.
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I find it funny that a lot of people on MobileRead forums are attacking this guy, but at the same time they defend Sony's practice of charging more for ebooks than the hardcovers cost. I mean, both groups are ripping off the customers.
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