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Please do not post profane or provocative comments in your reader reviews. If you don’t like a book, limit yourself to specific, reasoned criticism. If you exceed our highly subjective standards of good taste, we’ll warn you and delete your review. We reserve the right to delete any review for any reason. Note that by posting a review on our site, you agree that ElectricStory.com has unrestricted right to quote from it and repost it without giving you any compensation.

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Due to the digital nature of our products, we generally cannot offer refunds, with a few exceptions. We will refund your money if we determine there was some clear mistake in processing your order, for instance, one that results in your being charged twice for the same eBook or other digital product. Note that each encrypted format of the same eBook or other digital file, like Secure Mobipocket format, constitutes a separate product. If you buy the wrong product, you may petition us for a refund or exchange, provided you have not yet downloaded it. Downloading an eBook completes our transaction with the distributor or publisher and makes us liable for its cost.

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Any dispute arising between you and ElectricStory.com will be settled pursuant to the laws of Washington State and any legal action arising from such dispute will be conducted in Seattle, Washington.

Severability

These Terms of Use constitute a legal contract between you and ElectricStory.com, Inc. If any provision of these terms of use is found to be legally invalid, the other provisions shall maintain their full force and effect.

Right to change or amend

ElectricStory.com reserves the right to change or amend these Terms of Use at any time.

Last Update: 6/5/2005