[meteorite-list] Buyer Beware of Some Books That are For Sale Online

From: Paul Heinrich <komatiite707_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2015 22:13:45 -0500
Message-ID: <56358369.708_at_att.net>

  Those people, who buy their books online, should beware
of ongoing book schemes. As example of one is:

How an industry of 'Amazon entrepreneurs' pulled off
the Internet's craftiest catfishing scheme By Caitlin Dewey,
Washington Post, October 24, 2015
http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20151024/business/151029480/ or

Don't Necessarily Judge Your Next E-Book By Its Online
Review, All Tech Considered, NPR, October 26, 2015

On some online venues, I notice that at really high prices,
paper versions are being sold of books reprinted from
PDF and other digital files that are either in the public
domain or pirated from Google Books. With some of
these reprints, one problem is that no effort is made to
correct defects, e.g. burred scans, missing pages, missing /
partial maps, black and white scans of color images, and
so forth and create a quality that would go with the price
being charged. In other cases, the so-called ?books? are
mindless compilations of Wikipedia articles. With dealing
reprints, the buyer certainly has to beware and know, with
whom they are dealing and the products being offered by them.

Related articles are:

On Amazon, An Uneasy Mix Of Plagiarism And Erotica,
All Things considered, January 29, 2012.

Unmasking the Digital Pirate on Amazon by Adam L.
Peneberg, Fast company, January 25, 2015


Paul H.
Received on Sat 31 Oct 2015 11:13:45 PM PDT

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