Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Denver Snuffer's Books

I asked Denver about making pdf copies of his books (specifically, his book coming up, based on the lectures). I was concerned that there may be people in other countries who could not buy from Amazon (for whatever reason).

I want to share his reply so that no one reading this post will inadvertently do something illegal. I'm sure he would not mind if this information in his email was passed around. If we know someone who cannot afford to buy the book, there are those of us who can buy it for them.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Denver & Stephanie Snuffer
Date: Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 10:26 AM
Subject: Re: [from the desk of Denver Snuffer] New comment on New Website Completed.
To: LJn <antauljn@gmail.com>

The short answer is no. The long answer is that the books are protected by copyright and there are contracts in place which require them to not be copied other than through the normal purchase for sale. They are all available through Amazon, which is worldwide. Anyone can order them from anywhere in the world.

The lectures are available free. The transcripts are available free. The book will not be available except for purchase.

The contracts include distribution rights which are controlled and some significant part of the price of the book goes to a family headed by a disabled man who suffered a stroke and needs the income to provide for himself and his family. I am pleased to have him supported in part by the proceeds from book sales. When copyright laws are violated and unauthorized copies of any of the books are made without paying for the copy, this deprives a family in need of the money which would come to them if the law were respected.

It takes a great deal of work to make a book available to the public. I have given away the information in the ten lectures and transcripts which anyone can have. But the labor, expertise and arrangements which put a book into print is something which should not be taken without payment because it is something altogether different involving a number of people and their livelihoods.

No one can put a book into print without professional assistance. Those involved are only able to make books possible because they are in the business of publishing. If they are not purchased, and the information is taken without paying those involved, then I will not be able to continue to write.

E-books are not going to survive any international conflict between governments. All governments have the ability to unleash viral attacks which will make the Internet dysfunctional as soon as a conflict begins. The only thing which will survive will be printed copies of the books. The more copies that are sold, the more likely it is that they will survive into the aftermath of the next significant war. So even if it requires some sacrifice to get copies out, the more there are printed the more likely it will be for the information to survive into the future.

-Denver Snuffer

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