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Re: Amono Magazine - VectraPoint AquaJournal

Thanks for the insight Dave:)

But really folks, I don't want to "know the guys at Vetrapoint".  I have a
contract with them for a "monthly subscription" and have waited long enough.
There has been no attempt to notify me or anyone that I know who has
subscribed to the English version of the AquaJournal why and how long we can
expect delays.  Maybe they think we will just all go away and for get about
the $100+ bucks we shelled out.  If I treated my customers like they do I
would be out of business.

I would be willing to front a letter from myself and others from my lawyer
so they can "know" us better.

I just don't know what else to do?

Tom Brennan

Date: Fri, 06 Nov 1998 15:21:57 -0800
From: Dave Gomberg <gomberg at wcf_com>
Subject: Amano mag

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
><< > 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.
> 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
>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. ;-)