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  • Free Book on Creativity

    Yesterday I stumbled upon this site. The author is giving the e-copy of his paperback edition book FREE just for 7 days. The book is called Bumped into the Wall and the site address is www.youperform.com. It looks good.

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    How is the book? I checked the site and it was being offered free in ebook form for seven days. I can't resist a free ebook. Does it actually help, or does it leave you wanting to pay the coach for more?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by emuelle1
      How is the book? I checked the site and it was being offered free in ebook form for seven days. I can't resist a free ebook. Does it actually help, or does it leave you wanting to pay the coach for more?
      The seven day offer appears to be permanent. I downloaded the book a while ago and the writing style seems amateurish to me. The book is not very engaging and it is full of grammatical errors. I would not recommend it. Your time would be better spent reading almost anything else.

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      • #4
        So you are saying the book is certainly worth the price...?

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        • #5
          Who needs help being more creative?

          I need help getting all these ideas out of my head, frankly; they keep me from getting work done....

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          • #6
            I downloaded the book and got unsolicited e-mail for services. Didn't remember agreeing to receive these in exchange for reading the book. Deleted the book without reading it after that happened.

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            • #7
              The download site is clearly operated by someone running a lifecoaching business, you have to enter your email to receive the book and it is pretty clear that the whole operation is to promote the coaching business. The follow-up contact was no surprise and it seemed reasonable to me when compared to almost any other legitimate business with a web presence. There is a way to opt out of mailings that really works.

              I can't fault them on the email, but I am also not interested in the book or their services.

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              • #8
                <There is a way to opt out of mailings that really works.>

                Do tell, Barry.

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                • #9
                  At the bottom of the email that I received, there is a link described as:

                  "To stop further mailings or to change your details, click here"

                  I followed the link, indicated my wishes, and have received no further email from the site. If this option had not worked, I would simply delete the email alias that I set-up for that contact.

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                  • #10
                    I haven't gotten anything, but then again gmail has a pretty good server side spam filter. Ever since I found out they have pop3 access I've been slowly transferring to them.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Barry
                      At the bottom of the email that I received, there is a link described as:

                      "To stop further mailings or to change your details, click here"

                      I followed the link, indicated my wishes, and have received no further email from the site. If this option had not worked, I would simply delete the email alias that I set-up for that contact.
                      Thanks, Barry, but my understanding is that when you do that, you just get your name on multiple other lists and open yourself up to more spam. Who knows for sure?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Day Owl
                        Thanks, Barry, but my understanding is that when you do that, you just get your name on multiple other lists and open yourself up to more spam. Who knows for sure?
                        You are correct, that is a risk when trying to unsubscribe from true spam sent from illigitimate businesses. That is why I reported that I used this link and it worked. It is not being used to harvest addresses. This particular business is not a spammer. They are legitimate. They collected my email address directly from me through my own actions and stopped sending me stuff at my request. I have received no mail from any other businesses through the email address I gave to them.

                        I am not trying to promote this business in any way. I am the one who gave the book a very negative review and said it was a waste of time. I just don't think they deserve to be labelled as a spammer.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Barry
                          The download site is clearly operated by someone running a lifecoaching business, you have to enter your email to receive the book and it is pretty clear that the whole operation is to promote the coaching business. The follow-up contact was no surprise and it seemed reasonable to me when compared to almost any other legitimate business with a web presence. There is a way to opt out of mailings that really works.

                          I can't fault them on the email, but I am also not interested in the book or their services.
                          I do fault them on their e-mails. There wasn't a statement that said that if I downloaded the book I was considered an opt-in. It was, after all, a two step process to download the book, I could have been told in the confirming e-mail before downloading the book if that was the case.

                          Operating under full integrity would be offering the ebook and if it supports the reader there's a link back to the site to opt-in for further information. I think we're too casual sometimes about distributing our e-mail address and then applying a mail reader rule to delete the unintended result.

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                          • #14
                            I highly suspect the original poster is somehow affiliated with that site.

                            Anyway, if you want a good creativity book, I recommend

                            The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

                            And if itís a free e-book fix that you want, check out Wishcraft by Barbara Sher. Itís a bit dated, but itís a great read.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JLouise
                              I do fault them on their e-mails. There wasn't a statement that said that if I downloaded the book I was considered an opt-in....
                              ...I think we're too casual sometimes about distributing our e-mail address and then applying a mail reader rule to delete the unintended result.
                              It has been my observation that with many online businesses, even many that are generally well-regarded, when you register and are given an opportunity on the front end to opt in or out of further email, that option is rarely respected and you are forced to opt out again after receiving the email. That is why I stated that this company's email was reasonable when compared to other online businesses. I do agree in principle, though, that there should be an effective way to opt out on the front end. Unfortunately that is not fully customary yet and that is one of the risks of doing business on the net. As long as there is a real way to opt out at some point, then these companies are at least being responsible in one important way and I have to give some credit for that while also recognizing that they are not perfect. JLouise, it sounds like your expectations are higher than that and I respect that.

                              I assure you that I am personally never casual about distributing my email address. When I do divulge my address, it is always a unique alias that can be easily deleted when necessary. I now get zero spam and it is going to stay that way.

                              Anyone interested in free email aliases should visit www.e4ward.com or search google for several other providers.
                              Last edited by Barry; 08-18-2005, 06:55 AM.

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