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The one I pulled up looked like one of those places that post books for purchase, and then you can turn around and re-sell them. The one book I looked at had a link to Ebooks.com, for sale.
Do you have a specific link, in case I'm not pulling up the right site?
I don't know how good the material inside the books are.
This is the link
It has a one-time fee and then you have access to the site to download ebooks in various forms, etc without another cost (if I am understanding it correctly). Didn't know if anyone has used this to see if it's any good or what.
It doesn't give a lot of information. I get a funny feeling right now. How can they do this unless they are offering public domain or non-DRM'd books?
Looks like a pay-portal to a torrent site.
Torrents mostly have pirated stuff. Music, movies, books, audio books, ect. ect. There are some real, honest-to-goodness freebies, so it's not all pirate. A lot of people find it easier to trade large personal content that way. Just a large chunk of it is illegal. People can get the programs to find and use a torrent on their own.
What a torrent pay-portal site does is take membership money to connect you to what is a free service. Yeah, you can probably find anything you want, but 1) that doesn't mean it's legal content, (depending on what you download) and 2) you're under no protection if some copyright policing agency traces a pirate download to your computer. And I've seen complaints that *3) Once they get a Credit Card number, they'll hit it over and over and it's hard to stop because 4) they're based overseas and you can't call or get in touch with them.
So I'd stay far, far away.
(And no, I don't know how to torrent. Know of it, but that's about it.)
* Edited to add, I mean Torrent Pay-Portals in general. I don't know about this site in particular.
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One trick you can do to protect yourself is to see where the Domain Name is registered. I once saw a company I was wanting to do busines will had a contact address of Microsofts Main Headquarters, when they had nothing to do with Microsoft. Their domain name was bought in Korea. Big red flags there!
Fill in the domain names, like "book-download-center.com", no http or anything behind the .com or .net. Then hit the "View the Whois Record" button. It'll pull up the registration information for that domain name. They may just be a web host, but it'll give you some idea of where the site may be coming from.
book-download-center.com shows Canada for the contact location.