academiPad’s Policies

This page details academiPad’s policies regarding your privacy, affiliate links, and review licences. Please read them in full.

The short story is: I am not here to harm you. Your personal information is safe with me, and I will only recommend products that I think are good. I sometimes use affiliate links to pay the bills and sometimes inquire developers for free review licences. I clearly state in the Disclaimer at the end of each post if the article contains affiliate links and/or got me the reviewed app or item for free. I promise that my reviews reflect my unbiased opinions. Neither affiliate links nor freebies affect the content of the reviews or what products / services I recommend.


Privacy Policy

academiPad strives to offer its visitors valuable information in an ineractive, personalized, and comfortable experience. For this purpose, academiPad may collect Personally Identifiable Information (e.g., your name or email address). For example, when you make a comment or sign up for the newsletter, you are asked to provide a valid email address.

Your email and other personally identifiable information is safe with me. academiPad will not sell, barter, rent, or share your email address or any other information with any third party. I hate spam, too.

I may use Personally Identifiable Information collected on academiPad to communicate with you about your registration and customization preferences; academiPad’s Terms of Service and privacy policy; and other topics (within the area of technology and higher education) I think you might find of interest.

Aggregated Information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. For example, I may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to help enhance our site and services (e.g., to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive). Aggregated Information may occasionally be shared with external partners. Again, this information does not include any Personally Identifiable Information about you or allow anyone to identify you individually.

If you have questions about academiPad’s Privacy Policy, you can contact me here.


Affiliate Link Policy

Affiliate links are links that promote certain products and services. If you purchase a product or service through an affiliate link, a commission will be paid to me (Joachim Scholz). These commissions are used for maintaining and expanding the services of academiPad.

There are two types of affiliate links on academiPad:

  1. Direct links to products: When you buy a product or service I review on academiPad by using an affiliate link that I provide in the article, I will get a percentage of the purchase price as commission. I only recommend products that I believe in. In most cases, I have purchased the affiliate products and services for my own use, or I was able to experience the product or service first hand.
  2. Shopping at amazon via academiPad: These links (implemented by banners throughout the webpage) allow you to support academiPad by shopping at the US, Canadian or British amazon marketplace via academiPad. Every purchase on amazon will generate affiliate commissions for academiPad – provided you accessed amazon via these links. Buying books, all your gadgets (iPads, Macs, cameras…), music and even household items via these links offers academiPad fans a free opportunity to support me in writing for academiPad. It’s a way to say “thank you” that won’t cost you a dime.

The price you pay for the product or service is not affected by the affiliate commission. The commission fully comes out of the vendor’s pocket.

You can be rest assured that I am not posting about lousy products just because of the affiliate scheme. I do not recommend any products and services that I would not use myself. In fact, I have critiqued products that heavily rely on affiliate marketing strategies, and I will continue to do so.

If a post contains affiliate links, this is clearly marked in the Disclaimer at the end of each post.

So you see that affiliate links on academiPad are transparent and honest recommendations. If you like a product and service that is discussed on academiPad so much that you decide to buy it, please show your support and appreciation for academiPad and kindly use the affiliate link. It helps to pay the bills.

If you have questions about academiPad’s Affiliate Link Policy, you can contact me here.


Review Licences Policy

For some reviews, I ask the developer / vendor to provide a review licenses / product free of charge. This does not affect the content of the review, and it is only done for applications / products that I already found to be interesting based on my own internet research.

Asking for a review license / product is beneficial because it allows me to gather first-hand experience to give a more detailed review without breaking the bank. Free licences / products are treated the same way as applications, products, or services that I payed for myself. It is not possible to “buy” a good review on academiPad.

All posts that are based on a normally paid application / product / service that was provided to me free of charge are clearly marked in the Disclaimer of the individual post.

If you have questions about academiPad’s Review Licences Policy, you can contact me here.


Advertising Policy

I am sometimes using advertisements for maintaining and expanding the services of academiPad. What advertisement is displayed is not always under my control.

Sometimes a post might discuss a product or service that is also advertised on academiPad. Like with affiliate links and freebies, the content of the post is based on my unbiased opinion (or the unbiased opinion of the guest author). It is not possible to “buy” a good review on academiPad.