Because I believe in open source, public domain, commons-based peer production, and gift economies, I posted an entry back in May sounding off about a book I’d bought that treated intellectual property (including mine) badly.
Well, the author got in touch, because he thought I had overstated my case, and asked me to change my original posting. So I examined his materials again, and found even more instances where he was putting his own copyright on and selling material that was neither his to copyright or sell. After some back and forth, he saw the error of his ways, and he agreed to remove all this stuff. I’ve updated my original post my original post.
In general, I think it’s a wise book. Learning languages can’t really be made easier, but learners can benefit from social support — coaching, advice, kicks in the pants — along the lines that Ultimate Language Secrets provides.
But why did it have to be so slickly marketed, buried in cheesy typography, and presented in that Dance of the Seven Veils way? Just sell me the product without Free Offers! and Additional Value! and whatever. I also felt it was sleazy to be automatically signed up by some email marketer when I made my final purchase online. Yes, I could unsubscribe. And yes, educational materials are marketed. But this website miscalculates the audience for this product.