Oprah is offering a free PDF download of Suze Orman’s book Women & Money: Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny from now until 8pm eastern time, February 14, 2008.
My download does not seem to have any massive security features attached to it, from what I can tell. And from the “We’re Relying on Good Heartedness” department comes this warning on Oprah’s site:
This book is copyrighted. You may view and download the file, but you may not copy the file or share or forward it to any other person.
This reminds me of a scene in Jumpin’ Jack Flash with Whoopie Goldberg wherein she uses a payphone for too long and the operator calls the phone asking for another quarter: “You want a quarter? FIND me in New York for your fucking quarter.” What’s stopping me from passing the PDF to everyone in my address book? Nothing – except for my opinion that Suze Orman’s advice financial advice isn’t worth much.
With discussions on piracy that are 300+ comments fresh in my mind, I have to ask, what’s the motivation to take a risk that someone, or many someones, will forward this book on to all and sundry? This download seems to be constructed of a curious mix of generosity, publicity, and experimentation.