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Worthless edition of otherwise good book
on March 26, 2009
Some time ago, a friend shared with me a copy of Dr. Joseph Murphy's "The Power of Your Subconscious Mind", Revised and Expanded Edition, which I found insightful, and wanted to purchase to keep around. I buy my books primarily through Amazon, and prefer hardcover editions, which tend to last longer. So, when I found the edition I am reviewing, ISBN 956-291-368-6, I was thrilled and ordered it immediately. Imagine my unpleasant surprise when I received the book and found that its text was substantially different from the original I've read, not to say that the layout of the text represented a true "hack job" - no space between the paragraphs, no italics or different fonts used in Dr. Murphy's original, and so important for laying out and emphasizing his ideas. It turned out that although the book I purchased was listed on Amazon as a "Revised Edition", it represented some strange creation by a little-known publishing house "BN Publishing", which copyrighted the text in 2006. Now, the original book by Dr. Murphy was copyrighted first in 1963, with further copyrights following in 1988 and 1997. May be for some reason the copyright collapsed and vultures moved in? Who knows! At any rate, for those who are interested in Dr. Murphy's real text, the book to get is either ISBN 978-0-7352-0168-2 or ISBN 978-0-7352-0431-7, the latter inscribed on the front page as "The only edition authorized by Dr. Joseph Murphy Trust". As for the hardcover edition I bought - I am returning it. And Amazon should be ashamed of carrying this product, which, in my humble opinion, represents an infringement on Dr. Murphy's copyright.