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Submission + - Scammer selling Wikipedia entries as Kindle ebooks ( 1

destinyland writes: A Kindle blogger has identified 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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Scammer selling Wikipedia entries as Kindle ebooks

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  • This is perfectly legal and has been going on for ages. It's mainly targeted at organisations who have standing orders to buy everything published, such as national libraries. Yes, you'd be stupid to actually go out and buy it, but the public aren't the target market. Dodgy, yes, illegal, no.

Let's organize this thing and take all the fun out of it.