Selling Wikipedia Pages As Kindle eBooks

WikiFocus BooksThis article identifies a supposed ebook “author” whose 887 different ebooks were all apparently cut-and-pasted directly from Wikipedia entries!

The “WikiFocus” series targets obscure niches with few competing ebooks, like Hello Kitty, Aquaman, or the comic strip Archie.

“Of the 887 ebooks, all but 10 earned terrible reviews, averaging one star or less,” this article notes, “or received no reviews at all.”

A typical review? “This ‘book’ is just a word for word copy of the Wikipedia page.”

(And a least one other “author” has attempt the same trick, trying to pass off a Wikipedia page about Charlie Sheen as an $18.95 biography!)

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  • DeepCough

    Wikipedia: making plagiarism super easy since 2001.

  • DeepCough

    Wikipedia: making plagiarism super easy since 2001.

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    roflmao

  • http://twitter.com/D351 D351

    roflmao

  • Haystack

    Amazon’s publishing platforms have become the object of the same “click farming” practices that have already infested the web with innumerable fake blogs and websites whose only function is to clutter your screen with pay-per-impression advertising. 

  • Haystack

    Amazon’s publishing platforms have become the object of the same “click farming” practices that have already infested the web with innumerable fake blogs and websites whose only function is to clutter your screen with pay-per-impression advertising. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Brunell/100000089331906 Doug Brunell

    As someone who publishes original content there, I’m dismayed but not surprised.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Doug-Brunell/100000089331906 Doug Brunell

    As someone who publishes original content there, I’m dismayed but not surprised.

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