Category Archives: Publishing

Latest Self-Publishing scam: publishwholesale.com

Though it’s a truism that one of the surest signs of a business you want to avoid is that their advertising takes the form of spam email, it’s still worth repeating from time to time. (A couple of earlier posts … Continue reading

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Lorum Ipsum in ROT-13

You’ll frequently read posts in ClientsFromHell.net (and if you’re not a regular visitor there you should become one*) about clients misunderstanding, and reacting badly to, standard “Lorum Ipsum” placeholder text. The solution? Use Lorum Ipsum “encrypted” with ROT-13 (a very … Continue reading

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Copyright: How to Tell if You Should Post a Photo on the Internet

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Another “Pay to be in our book” scam: “International Contemporary Masters”

Not long ago I was “invited” – via email spam, no less – to submit photographs for inclusion in the “International Masters of Photography” book. Even though I didn’t fall for that one and even though I reported it as … Continue reading

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Dorrance Publishing Scam… or Not?

I recently received an email from an outfit called Dorrance Publishing regarding my textbook A Semester of Photoshop. The subject line of the email was the rather alarming “Your Copyright Registration with the Library of Congress” and I first assumed … Continue reading

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QR Codes: Don’t Put Them on Your Web Site!

Stop it, people! Stop putting QR codes on web sites! QR codes are those now-ubiquitous 2-dimensional barcodes that appear in magazines, advertising posters, etc. like the example shown at right. Yes, I know I am, in fact, "Putting a QR … Continue reading

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Why Instagram’s Copyright-Grab is Different

If you haven’t just returned from a safari far beyond the reach of the Internet you’ve probably heard about Instagram’s copyright grab in their new Terms of Service agreement. On the face of it there doesn’t appear to be much … Continue reading

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Font Embeddability — Mac and Windows

We’ve all experienced it: opening a document on a computer where it’s never been used before only to be faced with one of those "Missing Font" warnings. You certainly don’t want anyone to have to face those when they open … Continue reading

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More Copyright Paranoia

It runs in cycles and a new wave of copyright paranoia seems to be rising. The latest one involves Pinterest and has spurred reactions like this. Now there are some legal issues with Pinterest, as discussed here, but they’re about … Continue reading

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Facebook Privacy Issue – and a Fix for Bloggers

Facebook Spies on Users Again: Webmasters Can Stop Newest Trick. In case you haven’t heard yet, Facebook has been caught tracking their users’ browsing even after they’ve logged out of Facebook(!) In fact, they’re being investigated by the FTC over … Continue reading

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