First of all, sorry about the delay between updates. Real life got in the way, now let's move on to the real issue:
As some of you may have noticed, the POD forum is officially no more. The truth is that it had been dead in all but name for over three years due to the amount of spam it used to generate and I feared that the information contained therein was a little too outdated to be useful. The problem is that the forum represented the one option publishers had for talking back and I don't quite want to lose that feature. As a result I will incorporate an 'In their own words' section to the reviews. The rules are as follows:
- Keep it short and to the point. Preferably no more than 150 words (anything above the 200 word mark will be cut).
- No attachments. Just include the text in the body of your e-mail.
- No direct or indirect references to any other publisher.
- No links (if you include an URL it will be included but it will not be turned into an active link).
- You get to update the entry in the 'In their own words' section once in each update cycle of the comparison (roughly once a year, hopefully).
- I reserve both the right to respond to your comments and the right to reject them but I will not edit them (if you comment is rejected I will tell you why and you will have one chance to edit it).
- Please identify yourself fully and use an address that is linked to your company's domain.
- This is an invitation, not an obligation.
- If I've made a mistake when reviewing your site please let me know and I'll do my best to correct it. In order to do that I will need a specific link to a publicly available page where the information can be verified.
- Make sure you include a subject line, preferably a descriptive subject line. Messages without one will not be opened .
In addition to that another significant change is that, while for the most part the comparison still tries to evaluate each publisher based on its own merits, those publishers with either a star or a trashcan after their names now have a 'bottom line' added to their respective profiles in which I try to explain the reasoning behind that rating in a wider context. These comments represent my personal opinion.