PainScience.com is open for e-business during the pandemic. I am still healthy (knock on wood), minding the store, taking calls, answering emails, and — of course — writing, writing, writing. Out of work because of COVID-19? I’m offering a 50% rebate on all my books to anyone un- or under-employed because of this pesky plague.details ~ Paul Ingraham, Publisher
We’re all in this together
To get your rebate, please purchase at full-price and then reply to your purchase confirmation email, confirm you’d like a rebate, and tell me anything at all about your case — just a bit of friendliness — and I’ll refund you 50% of the price within a day (usually much quicker). You don’t have to prove anything. I trust you for this, Internet stranger! Just ask. This method has actually been working out really nicely (short blog post about it).
The COVID-19 crisis is hitting a lot of people in the wallet, mine included. We are all in this together, so crisis pricing just feels right. We can help each other out a bit.
Why make people ask for a “rebate”? Why not just drop my prices? Well, some readers are still able and willing to pay full price — if that’s you, please do! But if money truly is tight, we can meet in the middle: I’ll still make a little, and you get a deal.
Individual books only, please. This offer is for individual books only (where the need is greatest), not the boxed set (more of a “want”).
How long will it take to get the rebate? During the work day (Pacific Time) I will process many rebates within minutes, and most of the rest within an hour or two. Night requests will have to wait until the next morning. I will confirm with a personal reply, and you’ll also get a formal confirmation from the payment processor. Charge reversal may not actually appear on your credit card statement for as long as 10 days (though usually much sooner). If you don’t hear back for a day, feel free to “nudge” me with another email.
Getting some help around here is easy …
Step 1 Look for a quick answer to your question below.
Step 2 Still need help? Just contact me.
~ Paul Ingraham, PainScience publisher
Q. How do I get to the tutorial I bought?
A. To access purchased tutorials, use the login link in your purchase confirmation email. If you can’t find the email, check your spam folder: that’s where 99% of missing emails end up! Or just “manually” login here. More information about access.
Q. Are there print versions of your books?
A. No. I sell online tutorials only — a pure digital product. Please do not wait for the mailman after ordering! I may produce print versions someday, but not soon.
Q. What’s with that surprise price tag?!
A. I know that hitting the paywall can make a bad impression, but I have to make a living and this is the best way I’ve found to keep the lights on here. If money is tight because of the pandemic, I am currently offering a 50% financial hardship rebate.?
Note: This offer is for individual books only (where the need is greatest), not the boxed set (more of a “want”).
Q. My card was declined but now there’s a charge on my account!
A. This only comes up once in a while. It’s alarming when it does, but it’s a false alarm: it’s just a temporary “authorization” for a charge that will never be confirmed, and it will disappear. More information.
Q. I ordered by PayPal and haven’t received anything.
A. PayPal order confirmations are frequently mis-identified as junk email. If you don’t receive a purchase confirmation email, please check your email app’s spam folder. If not, just send me a note and we’ll sort it out, but note that even my replies may go into your junk folder.
Q. How do I get my money back?
A. Just ask, and there’s no time limit. Send me an email. An explanation is not required (though always appreciated, if it’s reasonably polite).
Q. What if I discover that the book I bought doesn’t apply to me?
A. No problemo: I will do a refund or exchange.
Q. I just don’t like reading on the computer. Can I print PainScience.com ebooks? Or use my iPad, Kindle, etc?
A. Printing the tutorials works fine for such a big document. The best way to read it without being tied to a computer is on a smartphone or tablet, especially an iPad. Get an overview of your reading options.
Q. How do I read PainScience.com books offline?
A. My books are basically big webpages, but you can read them offline with a read-it-later service like “Safari Reading List” (available on all of Apple’s devices), a platform-independent one like Instapaper (etc.), or just DIY with webarchive files.
Q. What format are e-books in? It doesn’t seem to be PDF or regular e-book …
A. No, it’s not a “traditional” PDF or a regular e-book that you would read on, say, a Kindle or Nook. I call the tutorial an “e-book” because it certainly is an electronic book in spirit. But it’s also just a huge webpage, which has some great advantages (and some downsides). If you want to know more about why I use this format, see my rant about what’s wrong with the ebook industry, and how I’m making a better product for my customers.
Q. Is there a difference between “tutorials” and “books” or “ebooks”?
A. Nope: I use these terms interchangeably here. All the same thing!
Q. Can I lend tutorials to friends and family?
A. Yes! Just not with too many people — the suggested maximum is three. You can share the full-access URL (address) for a tutorial page, which is the equivalent of giving someone your username and password for this site. Over-lending will trigger a warning not to share quite so much. 😉
Q. Can I pay an upgrade price to get the full set of tutorials?
A. Yes. If you’ve already purchased one or some of them, you can pay a completion fee for the full “e-boxed set.” There’s a buy button for this on your account page, and at the top of any tutorial you have full access to.
The fine print pages
- Security, Privacy, and Refund Policies — Detailed information for customers of PainScience.com (Regeneration Training).
- Copyright, Reprinting, and Translations for PainScience.com — Wondering if you can use my content in some way? Maybe. These are my guidelines about copyright, reprinting, and translations.
- Dammit, Jim, I’m Not a Doctor! — The inevitable medical disclaimer for PainScience.com, in which I try to say the predictable legal stuff with as much folksy charm as possible
Other pages about PainScience.com itself:
- Better eBooks! — What’s wrong with the ebook industry (and how I’m making something better for my customers).
- Bulk Purchase Program — Professionals can buy PainScience.com ebooks in discounted batches and then distribute or re-sell them to clients/students.
- No Comment — Why I have never allowed public comments on PainScience.com like most blogs, and never will. So stop askin’ already.
- Smarter and Funnier — Publication standards for PainScience.com and why you can trust the information published here.
- The Boxed Set of Tutorials — Save 50% on a “boxed” set of all PainScience.com tutorials.
- The Pricing of PainScience.com e-Books — A candid explanation of my prices and how I present them to new visitors.
- Objectivity is Overrated — A response to the common accusation of bias and the mythical virtue of objectivity.
- How PainScience.com Works — A behind-the-scenes tour of the quirky, custom tech of PainScience.com (especially the “bibliography first” design principle)
- Why So “Negative”? — Answering accusations of negativity, and my reasons and methods for debunking bad treatment options for pain and injury.
- Painfully Odd Google Searches — Odd, amusing (and occasionally tragic) Google searches that have led people to this website
- Typos & Nitpicking Hypocrisy