DHPOS book ripoff?
Some folks are marketing a so-called DHPOS book. Here is one of the ads DHPOS book on the Barnes & Noble website. This book is also available elsewhere and there may be similar books out there.

I have no direct contact with this book, I have not ordered it, I have not read it. I do not know anyone who has.

However the Product Description is...

"High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Cash Register POS, also known as DHPOS after its creator Dale Harris, is a free Point of sale software program..."

I take this to mean that this is a reprint in book form of this Wikipedia page for DHPOS since the description above is exactly same as on a previous version of the Wikipedia page. Notice that the book only has editors, there are no authors listed.

How this comes out to 208 pages is beyond my comprehension. It may be possible that the book consists of many Wikipedia articles and depending on what you order the cover and title are changed. According to this Wiki page about VDM Publishing these books are printed on order.

It may also be possible that this book includes the 158 pages of my DHPOS manual which is available for free as a .PDF download.

Since I have not seen this book it may be that this is a totally legitimate book written by these folks in a real attempt to help users with understanding my POS software, but I really doubt that. Does $75.00 for a 208 page paperback book seem like a good deal to you? How about if this is nothing more than a computer printout bound together?

I am not going to throw $75.00 away to find out. If you have $75.00 to waste you may want to blow it by purchasing this book. Let me know what you think about it. I would like to be proven wrong, but I don"t think that is likely.

So how much should a legitimate paperback instructional book cost? Here are some books from Amazon to compare. Prices below are from 1-2-11, click on the link for the current price.

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