Review of The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club
Access to The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club has just recently been made available and let me tell you – it is REALLY fantastic!
Last year sometime I had found a similar site and it up and disappeared on me – I was really bummed because it was an excellent source of Public Domain books that are not readily found online. I know that many of you could benefit from a site like that. So I’ve spent the last 6 months or so searching high and low trying to find a similar site – somewhere where I could get access to Public Domain books that were not the “easy to find” Google Books or Gutenberg stuff. I found one other place – I joined and canceled my membership that same day – it was a major disappointment. Fast-forward now to this week and Debra opened up membership to her Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club and it was EXACTLY what I had spent the last 6 months searching for!
Here is what I like about it:
- It is not filled with useless junk!
- There are books in there from 1923 until 1963 – and these ARE NOT the typical “easy to find online” PD books. In fact, most of them are from the 1950′s and 1960′s.
- These are exactly the type of books that I look for when I’m searching for PD books – well written, good quality – usually the “how to” books that tell the reader how to do this or that.
- There’s also high resolution scans of images from some really nifty books. These are images that you could use to create all types of products – even posters to sell. This is something I personally have not done – but I know folks do this on ebay, zazzle…etc..
- Right now there are 183 books in these categories:
- Animals & Pets
- Arts & Crafts
- Children & Parenting
- Food & Cooking
- Health & Fitness
- Hobbies & Special Interest
- Home & Garden
- Money & Business
- Self-Help / Self-Improvement
- Social Skills & Relationships
- as of the writing of this review, there are 183 Public Domain books available.
- These are books that I didn’t have to scan or pay to have scanned
- They’re all ready for me to use in Microsoft Word format (which I can also load into Open Office)
- I get 8 “new” Public Domain books each month (2 each week)
- This saves me gobs of cash – and time – each month.
- I can even request books to be added in my chosen niche!
And let me tell you about Debra who runs The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club – everything she does is top notch and this Book Club is certainly no exception. She is always available to answer e-mails and has a very giving heart. She’s also one of the creators of The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Survival Kit.
There’s also a support desk if you need help – responses are received quickly – usually from Debra herself.
I can take just ONE of the books and do several different things with them:
- Add my own spin to the book and sell it on ClickBank, E-Junkie, TradeBit….etc. (done that, works great
- Sell the book for e-readers like the Kindle (I’ve been doing this and it is building up a nice income stream).
- Use the book for website/blog content (I do this all the time – love it!)
- Use part of the book to create a free report or e-course to give away on my site in exchange for e-mail addresses (do this all the time too!)
- Create an audio-book out of the book.
- Use parts of the book as articles to post on sites like ezinearticles.com to drive traffic to my website/blog. (This works great too!).
So, for all intensive purposes, let’s say that I found 6 ways to make money with that 1 Public Domain book – and each month Debra gives me 8 more Public Domain books to use. That means that EACH month I can essentially have 48 more items/products/sites that are bringing in money
And, don’t worry that other folks have access to the same books – everyone has the opportunity to put their own spin on the books – bring in your own creative ideas and make something unique.
Plus there are a few tutorials there that will be helpful for working with the Microsoft Word files. You can use similar steps described in the videos to modify the books in Open Office too.
The two things you are NOT going to find in this Book Club is – pre-written sales letters and e-book covers. That is fine by me personally. I don’t want to use something that is “cookie cutter”. I create my own unique products from these Public Domain books.
Now, let’s talk about the value for the money. Debra is offering two different memberships for The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club – Silver and Gold. For most folks, the Silver Membership should be good – you’ll have access to 16 Public Domain books at a time – that should be plenty to get started with. As of now, the price for this is $39 each month – that is a MAJOR bargain considering that the cost of copyright research and scanning for each book would be at a minimum $172 EACH!
The Gold membership allows you to have access to ALL of the books at all times – the 183 that are currently there plus the “new” 8 PD books that Debra adds each and every month. This is the membership I chose – I wanted to have access to everything. Say I’m working on a project in the “wood working” niche – well, then I can make sure I can access all of the books available that fall into that niche. The Gold membership is the same $39 a month and a one-time-only fee of $197 to access the library of 183 other books.
So now I’m sitting here asking myself the question – is this Book Club missing anything – what would make it better? What I hope to see in the future are a few tutorials about creating products from the Public Domain books. This could help us to get the creative juices flowing and profit from our creations sooner
Other than that, I honestly can tell you that The Public Domain Treasure Hunter Book Club is truly a fabulous value for the money. Give it a shot – check it out – you have nothing to loose with Debra’s 60 day money-back guarantee. Start with the Silver Membership – you can always upgrade to the Gold Membership later on if you want to.
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