I am a fan of Robb Sutton’s website bike198.com. I have his site on an RSS feed and I enjoy reading his postings. I especially like his content including his well written reviews and pictures. So color me happy when he produced an ebook called: Ramped Riding for $20.
Ramped Riding ebook
In these down economic times I’m always looking for a deal. $20 for an ebook to me is a bit steep, so I put off purchasing it for a while. Yesterday, though, I saw that Robb Sutton was offering the book for FREE to subscribers to his newsletter. Alright, now that’s a word I like to hear!
I immediately subscribed to bike198.com’s newsletter and proceeded to download his book. With great anticipation I sat down to read a few chapters last night. As I got past the preliminaries (intro, table of contents…) and into the first chapter I noticed something: the content in the ebook sounded eerily familiar. I began to think “Where have I read this before?”
My smile turned upside down as I hopped on bike198.com and searched his site. To my dismay I realized that Robb Sutton had taken his postings on bike198.com and strung them together to create an ebook. Even worse, he was charging people $20 to read the ebook when the contents of the ebook were on his website for FREE.
Don’t believe me? Here is a screen shot of the table of contents.
How about page 2 of the table of contents? Maybe some new stuff later in the book, right?
These are word-for-word copies from the website to Ramped Riding. Also, the book has very few pictures: 6, total. There is a picture to start each each section but no pictures in the topics (couple of diagrams). The pictures that were on the the website did not make the book.
In the end I did not read the whole book, or maybe I did. I’ve had an RSS feed on the site since early on and when I wasn’t busy at work I did go through the site’s history to read his postings. But, I didn’t last night.
Would I recommend Ramped Riding?
No. Ramped Riding is not original material. My recommendation is for you to spend a couple of hours or days on bike198.com and you’ll have read Ramped Riding AND seen pictures that aren’t found in the book. You’ll also read his reviews which I recommend. Subscribe to Robb Sutton’s site bike198.com and skip the ebook.
Editor’s Note:This post reflects the opinion of the writer and not of MtnBikeRiders.com.