Originally posted by Mark Collier:
[QB] Mssr. Aguilar and Youell have gone out of their way to rectify the situation at their expense and are only asking for a Red Cross donation and for some, the griping will never cease.
Yep, and we anticipated at least a few original subscribers would begrudge the re-release of the material for charitable purposes.
Since the material has been put up primarily in the hopes of getting folks to donate, I think you'd find Youell (or myself) aren't going to pull our hair out worrying over petty concerns of those wanting to begrudge a second run of the material offfered in the hopes of helping out the hurricane victims.
So far, response (even from many subscribers) has been pretty positive in terms of this being the right thing to do. And when the bonus material makes it way to the site, the subscribers will get a bit extra too.
This is a second issuing of the material (newly formatted into pdf with the possibility of some bonus material), and no promise of exclusivity for the original version was ever promised.
If a publisher of an e-book wants to sell something and then offer it for free (or even do both at once) , not only are they well within their rights to do so, but you'll find such a thing is not unknown on the web.
By the end of this particular day, we will have moved 25 gigabytes of data, literally thousands of downloads. Mr. Youell is footing the bill for the new website (the old one was deleted completely) and has told me he's willing to pay for whatever bandwidth it takes to get us through Oct. 5th.
We honestly believe that even prior to this offering, that the material would be (or already had been) widely pirated anyway.
So why not be visible about it and try to make a few bucks for a good cause? And at the same time, address any concerns subscribers might have had about final access to the material.
I'm sure there will be "collectors", those who spend so much time downloading free stuff that it's odds on that few of them will actually read/appreciate the material.
If just 5% make even the minimal donation to the Red Cross, we personally feel it's worth it.