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Subject: Rosetta Stone Softawre - Library Question
Date Posted: 6/2/2008 11:36 AM ET
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We used to be able to get Rosetta Stone through our library, and I checked, and right now we still can.

However, I had a friend tell me that Rosetta Stone has decided to discontinue selling their software to libraries.

Does anyone KNOW?  I looked it up on the web, and I do see some libraries saying they D/Ced it as of March 2008, but then I also saw a May 2008 notice where a library added it.

Nothing they do would suprise me.  I love their software, but their business practices turn my stomach. 

Surely they are going to lose a lot of money if they quit selling to the library - they must think that we will all run out and pay 500.00 for software that legally we can never resell?  (And they WILL threaten to sue you if they catch you trying.)

Anyone know? 

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 2:12 PM ET
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One local library told me the same thing.  That Rosetta Stone was not gong to be selling it to libraries anymore.  But, another local library here still has it.  I have not inquired about whether they are keeping it or not.  I have referred lot of friends to their program though.  We have borrowed one from a friend that isn't using it right now.  So I have just started my kids using this one.  I love it and I am actually much happier with this one.  They teach you more on this version.  My kids are using a lot more Spanish than they did when we did the library version.  My DD, age 11 had finished the library version that was available.  I add that just so you know it does seem different.  I was under the impression that it was the same!

Hope that helps, Carrie

Date Posted: 6/2/2008 8:57 PM ET
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I recently found out that a local library here was offering Rosetta stone thru them. I was so excited , I signed up for a library card through them and then I found out that they were canceling Rosetta Stone :(   I do have the chinese homeschool program thru them. I have a daughter that took too years of it. But my other children was wanting to learn spanish.

 

I don't quite understand them being picky on resale? whats the problem with that?

 



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Date Posted: 6/3/2008 11:53 AM ET
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Our local library no longer has Rosetta Stone, but fortunately 3 of my children were able to utilize the programs while they were available.  It seems as though the Rosetta Stone/public library experiment is over.  But if you can still access it through a library, you may as well take advantage of it while it lasts.  It was a very good introduction for my kids, and they picked up the languages immediately.

 

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:12 PM ET
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Our library has also stopped the Rosetta Stone program.  I didn't know what happened until I read it here (it is not a local library, but a state accessible library).  Too bad.  I really enjoyed it.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:00 PM ET
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Well some are the same, and some are different.  I have a Rome library card, and they have the Rosetta stone traveler version.  BUT my Chattanooga card has the full version.  We had the full version of Latin that I paid about 400.00 for, and it was exactly the same.

I got really upset at Rosetta stone when I went to sell the software I had bought and they told me it was not mine to sell.  They threatened to sue me for selling software that I bought directly from them.

They say  you don't buy the software, that you only buy the license, and that it is NONtransferrable.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 8:19 PM ET
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Oh this is good news for us - it is good to see these companies with calling their product SOFTWARE in their ads, but insisting it is a license in their sneakware EULAS falling flat in court!

http://weblog.infoworld.com/gripeline/archives/2008/05/you_can_book_a.html


This is exactly the sort of thing that Rosetta Stone does.