Historic texts Free Sites

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  1. euryalus

    euryalus Well-Known Member

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    I have been trying to find an on-line copy of a particular book and have discovered several free sites. These are similar to the well-known "Gutenburg" project, but I am wary in that, although they offer free texts, they also require credit card details; is this some kind of scam?
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Probably.

    I would want to know why they wanted credit card details, what is in their small print and what would happen if the person did not have one.
     
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    euryalus Well-Known Member

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    The small print says: "Because we are only licensed to distribute our content to certain countries, we ask that you verify your mailing address by providing us with a valid credit card number. We GUARANTEE that NO CHARGES will be applied for validating your account. No charges will appear on your credit card statement unless you upgrade to a Premium Membership or make a purchase". If you do not provide credit card details you do not get the free e-books. If these sites are are genuine they could obviously be very useful to researchers!
     
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    Daft Bat Administrator. Chief cook & bottle washer! Staff Member

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    Hurrumph!

    I would still like to know how they would get on with someone who doesn't have a credit card. Not everyone has one.
     
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    AnnB Editor in Chief who is Hot off the Press!

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    I'm sorry, but I wouldn't be happy giving my credit card number in order for someone to verify my address. I think it's quite telling that they say you can 'upgrade' - I wonder how much of a free look you get before you are told to see more you must 'upgrade' :reading:
     
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    I would not use the site. To need your c/c to verify an address is wrong... It sounds like a scam to me. Internet has ways of telling what country you are from...How often do you click on a link, say Youtube , and get a message saying the video or story is not available in your country. They don't have a c/c to tell you this.
     
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    Ma-dotcom A Bonza Little Digger!

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    Tell them to try electoral rolls or phone books
     
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    I thoroughly agree with all the previous comments, though would add also that I once joined a free book site which did not require credit card details to join, but, unless you upgraded moat (though not every ) book had large chunks of pages not available. So usually the most interesting bits you had to upgrade for
     
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    Bonzo Dog Still the Mad Scientist?

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    I would be very wary of any site that required me to give any credit/debit card details before allowing me to see what books they have.
     
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    Have you tried the Internet Archive for the book you require,
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    I have downloaded parish registers & historical books from them, all free of charge.
    I usually download them to my download folder then check them for viruses before opening them.
     
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    Sandiep Successfully Supports Searches!

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    I think the line "If it looks too good to be true it probably is" is what I would apply to these sites
     
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