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Any experience with LEAH-Merchant?


 
stampebook Hi Everyone,
This is my first post, so bear with me...
There seems to be a lot of great advice and experience here, thanks for letting me be a part of it.

Does anyone have any experience with, or heard anything about LEAH-Merchant DPSS? Their website is at
http://www.leahmerchant.com/

I am trying to have my ebook automatically distribute after payment, and this program seems to do everything I'm looking for. Please let me know if there are any positives or negatives to this program.

Thank you!


Posted on: 3:28 pm on May 11, 2005
Storyman The link provided goes to BlockNote, which is an HTML editor.

From your posting you seem to be asking about payment services--is this correct?


Posted on: 8:38 pm on May 15, 2005
stampebook Interesting... When I click on the link, it goes to Leah-Merchant. This is a program which claims to immediately email a link or program (such as an ebook) to a customer after payment is received. I am intending to use Paypal for payments.

What I am looking for is the ability to immediately and securely send an ebook to paying customers without having to monitor it... Or pay Clickbanks high fees.

I hope this explains it better. Is anyone else having an issue with the link? Thanks for your feedback.


Posted on: 2:49 pm on May 16, 2005
Storyman Okay, now when I click on the link it goes to Leah-Merchant. (Go figure.)

Do you know how much they charge for the program?

If you are using PayPal you might be interested in Microcreation:
http://home.att.net/~microcreations/

One issue that immediately comes to mind is that you can only use Leah's program with one web site. The upside is that you can use it with 2CheckOut (Microcreations has on their web site that they are currently developing a 2CO version.)

Microcreations program is not married to a single site. What I like about the program is that you can set up an Activ compiled book with a 1,000 passwords and after the purchase is made the buyer is immediately given the code to unlock the program for their computer.

One potential issue with Leah's program (can't say for certain because I've never used it and base this only on the web site content) is that there could difficulty in using it with Activ's security system and the 1,000 passwords. The reason is the password is based on the serial number of the hard drive that the ebook is installed on. I'd email them for clarification.

In addition to Microcreation's program you might also take a look at HYPrLOCK Security System by Gold Panner:
http://www.goldpanner.ca/hyprlock/index.htm

Gold Pan's system allows you to disable the password if the buyer request a refund. The creator says that it works for Activ compiled ebooks and those books that have the Microcreation program installed.

Keep in mind that nothing is full proof and that there is always a chance that ANY security system will fail at some point. Loss is part of doing business (otherwise every retail store would have all of their merchandise locked in glass cases and under lock and key.) It's like Vegas... you want to keep the odds in your favor.

If you do decide to go with Leah's program please let the rest of us know what you think and if you'd recommend it and why.


Posted on: 6:11 pm on May 16, 2005
Storyman After reviewing Leah's site again it appears that it uses either PHP, ASP, or similiar type programming. It requires the use of a MySQL database. There shouldn't be any problem so long as your web hosting company provides MySQL (most do).

From the web site content it appears that it is designed to require the purchase before the full version of the ebook can be downloaded because the buyer is given a link (which does expire) to download the ebook.

Personally, I don't care for such systems because I want the customer to access the ebook on their system before making the purchase. The systems like Leah's suggest that you create two ebooks. One for the demo and another for all of the content. The user ends up downloading two ebooks. Problem with this approach, IMHO, is that it hampers viral marketing. It's nice to know that before the book is purchased that it works on the system. Also, because of Activ's security system you can encourage users to share the ebook with friends because the likelihood that two friends will share the same password code is 0.1%.

My goal is to reduce the number of obstacles to purchase as possible. Requiring an additional download is another obstacle and one that I want to avoid. It really comes down to how you plan to market your ebooks.


Posted on: 6:45 pm on May 16, 2005
stampebook Thanks for the feedback Storyman...
I will check out the other programs you mentioned. Whatever I decide to do, I will post a review and feedback for everyone here.

Posted on: 1:53 pm on May 17, 2005
Storyman Last night I had more time to spend on Leah's site and found the price, $150--Microcreations weighs in at $12.

I do PHP programming and considered writing script similiar to Leah's, but after one look at Microcreations program opted for it instead.

If you do go with Leah please share what attracted you to the program.


Posted on: 3:36 pm on May 17, 2005
Ebook Architect I think the program thats works best for ebooks is 2checkout. It's cheap to set up, the allow digital products and you after your customers purchase they are redicted to your download page right away (or an email can be sent to them).

That's my recomendation


Posted on: 8:32 pm on July 5, 2005

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