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Newsletter Dated: 3/7/2004 3:19:23 PM
Subject: Ebooks And You the Reader
Today I want to talk to you about ebooks and getting more comfortable with buying them.
If you subscribe to my newsletter you must already know
about ebooks and what they are.
However...I'd like to ease your mind a little about buying an ebook, and dealing with the internet. Maybe you like ebooks, but have been hesitant to buy on-line.
Most of you already know that they can be purchased in many different formats, for many different readers, they can be downloaded into your computer and read from
Adobe, or as an html document.
Still there is much hesitation on giving a credit card
number through your computer, or using Pay Pal. There
are a few things you can do to make it a more secure purchase. One thing is to notice if the little "lock"
icon is in your lower corner of your computer when you
go to purchase the book. If it is, you are relatively safe from someone stealing your numbers and idenity.
Now a word about giving out information to sites that need your credit card and checking information. Chose a card that has a low limit, most hackers won't fool with a small balance card or account. Making big purchases on line encourages interest. One of the best plans for purchasing small items on line is to use a card that either has little cash available or a small
limit. I do this regularly and have had absolutely no
problems. You can dispute any item on Paypal and also turn automatic payments off if you have subscriptions you no longer want.
Another thing is to shop on known sources, like the
publisher's site, mine just happens to be Writer's Exchange. Writer's is owned by Sandy Cummins and she
is based in Australia. Sandy does everything in her power to make sure you have a safe and happy experience
when you buy your books. Most e-publishers do. So please don't be afraid to try them. My publisher actually sells the books cheaper than some on-line bookstores. Check it out. $3 for a download is pretty cheap.
Paypal has been in business for several years now, and
although there have been a few problems, these are few and far between. One thing I have been warned about myself is not giving PayPal information through an e-mail. Never send your private information in an e-mail to any company representing a pay site. Go to the site and send them info from there. It's safer.
Sites that sell ebooks and can be relied upon as far as this author knows is:
There are many more, but as you browse, check for that security icon when you are about to pay for your book.
The more security they have added to their site, is more protection for you. Make sure the site is protecting you and your purchase.
You might wonder why I'm bothering with this kind of newsletter, but I want you, the reader, to be as happy
as you can be with your purchase and come back as often as you can.
Identities can be stolen on line or off, but a wise shopper knows what to look for and where. When you visit any on line merchant check out their security, and who recommends them.
I hope this has been helpful to you and wish you happy
book buying in the future.
Love and blessings