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Current Premium member benefits.

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*)This is a one year subscription and it will NOT renew automatically. Once your membership period (365 days) is over, you can no longer download new ebooks and you will loose other Premium member benefits as well. You can purchase a new premium membership anytime.

Supporters Premium membership was introduced in April 2013, and since then 58 memberships have been purchased successfully. Currently there are 46 active Premium members. My sincerest thanks to all Premium members. Without your financial commitment this blog would have ceased to exist (or it would be very different).

Every membership matters, so please join now!

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about the premium membership plan, just leave a message using the form on the bottom of this page.

Answers to some common questions

Q: Why should I consider upgrading into a premium membership?
A: Long story short, because that way You can support this blog.

Here’s a bit longer explanation.. When I started this blog in early 2009, I never imagined this blog to grow as popular (and expensive) as it has grown. It started with just few readers, in 2013 there were over 150,000 unique visitors around the world. This is awesome, but every silver lining has a touch of gray too. It costs roughly $3,000/year to keep the blog running smoothly day to day. In the past running expenses have been paid full by income from advertising/advertisers. But that is no more, and I’m paying a growing part of the expenses myself.

With the introduction of Premium membership, I hope to move part of the financial responsibility to people reading and consuming information I share. If you like this blog, love the content it provides, and visit here regularly, then please join as a premium member. Every membership matters.

(I know that only a small percentage of people will choose to pay. And I’m willing to accept it. That’s why You can still browse this blog for free with ads.)

Q: Why a membership plan? Why not simply donations?
A: Ah, this is where things get complex… Shortly put Finnish legislation makes donations extremely difficult. It’s much easier to sell something.

Q: How to sign up step-by-step?
A: This should be pretty straightforward…

Step 1. Click the Buy now on top of this page.

Step 2. Review the payment, and login to Your PayPal account to make the payment

Step 3. Approve payment

Step 4. That’s all… Once PayPal has processed your payment, you will get three different emails. One from PayPal confirming that your credit card has been charged, and two from the blog (one containing receipt of your order, the other containing your login credentials to Premium membership service).

Q: What is this KK Mediat company that I see on PayPal, and on my receipt ? I thought this was your personal blog?
A: This is my personal blog. And KK Mediat has been my business (providing B2B services/solutions) for the past 12 years.

It’s easier for me to accept payments like this through my business. Additionally, I get my accountant to do all the ‘boring’ paper work with taxes etc ;)

Q: I don’t use PayPal. Can I pay otherwise?
A. If you live inside EU, you can pay using IBANN bank transfer. Just drop me a comment below, and I’ll email the banking details required.

Q: Can I get a receipt for my purchase?
A: Yes. You will get an receipt of your purchase to email associated to your PayPal account shortly after your purchase. Please do notice that this receipt is different from the one You get from PayPal.

Q: I checked my email. I did not receive any kind of message or receipt. What’s the problem?
A: Very likely the email message has been marked as spam / junk mail.

First, check your email’s trash / junk mail folder. Sometimes messages get appointed there.

If that fails, then the message(s) have been held/removed by your ISP. In that case, please leave a message using the comment form below, and I’ll get back to You.

Q: Does my membership renew automatically?
A: No. Once your membership period (365 days) is over, you’ll start to see ads once again. If you like, you can then purchase a new premium membership.

Q: I changed my mind, and I’d like to get a refund. Is it possible?
A: No. Due to nature of this premium membership, refunds are not provided.

Q: Can I sell or transfer my Premium membership?
A: Yes, you can. However, please remember that You may not sell / transfer the same membership more than once. If any misuse of membership account is noticed, that specific account is closed down immediately without advance notice.

Q: Can I purchase more than one Premium membership?
A: Yes, you can. There’s no limit how many You can buy.

Q: I lost my username/password. How do I get a new one?
A: Just leave a message using the form on bottom of this page, and I’ll get back to You.

Q: How do I get the PDF books ?
A: When you log on as Premium member, you will see “Premium downloads” section on top of the main page. Then simply select the book to download.

Q: What is the book like? Can I get a sample?
A: Sure: view sample page.

All stories in the book have been published on the blog, but there are some enhancements as well as updates with the contents.

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