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!)

8 Comments on "Selling Wikipedia Pages As Kindle eBooks"

  1. DeepCough | Sep 10, 2011 at 1:06 am |

    Wikipedia: making plagiarism super easy since 2001.

  2. DeepCough | Sep 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm |

    Wikipedia: making plagiarism super easy since 2001.

  3. 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. 

  4. 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. 

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

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

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