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Cheryl I decided to go to ebay and check out the ebooks there.  There are anywhere from 1000 to 5000 being sold at one time and some offer free software, like Ofc!

Are they for real?  

They are asking like $5.00 to $10.00 for these collections.  What's the scoop?  Anyone?

Thanks in advance,

Posted on: 12:28 am on November 5, 2002
EBookCompiler I don't know about the specific auctions you mention, and rather not get into discussing that in detail anyways - contact the auction seller directly

One possibility is that a person got lots of resell rights to ebooks, and then is selling them as a collection. If the author/copyright-holder allows it and has no objection, I don't see anything wrong with that in principle. (Of course I am not a lawyer)

That said, if you create your own ebook you might prefer to keep it exclusive to your business if you don't want people undercutting you on price, etc.

Posted on: 3:53 am on November 5, 2002
Cheryl Hi, I did contact the seller.  He was very nice.  He collected all of this free stuff (I didn't ask about the OFC program), but he just went on the net and collected all the free ebooks (and maybe resell rights as you said) he could on wholesale resources, mostly, and selling them as a package, getting paid for his searching and collecting.  Cheryl

Posted on: 4:36 am on November 5, 2002
dreuby Not all free ebooks include resale rights - in fact many include a statement to the effect that you can only give them away.

I'm no lawyer, but this sounds like rather dodgy ground. I'd want plenty of legal advice before I started selling stuff this way - is he charging solely for his work in researching, finding the ebooks, or could it be construed that he's selling the products themselves?

Posted on: 12:00 pm on November 5, 2002
kaliannah I've found several of my free ebooks in a collection or package.  While I *wish* they wouldn't sale what I give away for free, I do recognize their right to charge for the time and effort they put into collecting the info.  

I pack my ebooks full of ClickBank links, etc...as well as a clear message to readers of who the author is and where to find more of MY free ebooks, etc.

Posted on: 2:06 pm on February 12, 2003
bmaxey I think that there is only one collection. Mr. Joe Smith, in Framinghampton, NJ created it and sold it to 134,567 people with dreams of big, old I-Net dollars. You know, just like the one or two Christmas fruitcakes that were made in 1932 and passed from family to family over the years.

Seriously, I have given up on eBay because there are far too many sellers out there, all trying to make a dollar. Besides, I am not pleased with eBay's polices on privacy.

As for resale rights, who knows how many actually own the legal rights for resale. I trust no one. Seems to me that if someone is selling huge volumes of e-books with resale rights, to others who then sell to others along with the rights and on and on and on, who can say what is legally enforceable in the first place. Fact is, if you do resell one without resale rights, slim chance of any lawsuit. I have always been bothered in releasing an electronic version of anything I done wrote on the net because it can get taken.

AND, who is to say that the person selling them to you with rights has, in fact, any legal rights to do so in the first place. I now rank Along with buying resale rights to e-books offers right along with Diet aid offers, “free” **** o, make a million before lunch, getting high ranking on search engines for only $65.00, “900 numbers will make you rich – rich – rich” are all offers I ignore..

Luck To You All,

Bob - Starving in Utah

Posted on: 7:01 am on February 27, 2003

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