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Re: Aquatic Plants Digest V3 #629

At 05:54 PM 11/6/98 -0500,  JVanrompu at aol_com mentioned:
>In a message dated 11/6/98 4:06:05 PM Aquatic-Plants-Owner at actwin_com writes:
><< > If you want to know more about ADA
> > products, planted tanks, and the science behind ADA get an issue of Aqua
> > Journal. This can be found at www.vectrapoint.com.
> I sent these folks a rather large amount of money late last year or there
> abouts.  Sometime this spring I received one issue.  It was very pretty.  So
> far that's all I have received.
>Glad to see that I am not the only one. When I sent them my money it was
for a
>monthly magazine, Currently I have only received 1 issue in 6 mths.

This may help explain:

>The way it goes is that the publisher (Vectrapoint) offered Amano to do an
>English AquaJournal by translating from Japanese,in exchange for the rights
>to publish. In a way,Vectrapoint got a great deal in that.
>A one to one exchange, no paying of rights was involved,believe it or not!!
>Amano gets free advertising , free translation while Vectrapoint gets to
>sell the mag. at his own price(!) worldwide.
>I mean,if u checked out Amano's web site,u'd see that his Japanese AJ is
>selling for only 500 yen or so!
>As u've mentioned,we think that the $100+ per year subs is a little high too.
>But our reason for our CD pricing is that we see its perceived value to be
>higher than a magazine and still priced it at around the magazine price.
>And as for the "trouble" of its production,well,let's just say that u'd
>have to KNOW this guy a little bit more and u'll know why he's usually
>late! ;-) This has NOTHING to do with Amano's side whatsoever.They have no
>control over this.
>How do i know so much? Well,i was to be in the venture with Vectrapoint
>last year when we all went to Japan to work out this deal with Amano.
>>From our 1 week stay there in Japan,i "got to know" Vectrapoint a little
>better. Ever get that type of gut feeling that something's not right? Well
>i felt it then ;-)
>In any case,we were in the midst of seeking rights to publish/translate a
>few of Amano's other articles for our CD when we got a "legal threat" from
>Vectrapoint against doing it! :-P
>Which is of no basis at all as we were talking to Amano and seeking rights
>for his Japanese articles,in the first place. And we were looking to even
>be able to advertise the AquaJournal in our CD! :-P...*sigh*..it's a sad
>story anyway...won't bore u any further. ;-)