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NPOV[edit]

"true Wiki-spirit". "Apologies are offered". This is an atrocious page, that is a warning not an encyclopaedia article. We already have User:Fences and windows/Unreliable sources#Wikipedia mirrors (and everything that that links to) and Project:Mirrors and forks/Abc#Books, LLC. The article namespace is for encyclopaedia articles, not for warnings. Uncle G (talk) 13:01, 6 December 2010 (UTC)

WARNING[edit]

These guys sell wikipedia content to unsuspecting losers I think that should be made clear. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 99.231.216.82 (talk) 11:18, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Unbelievable[edit]

This company is selling articles I've written or contributed to in book form at Barnes & Noble.[1] I wonder how many titles I'm in since they're selling thousands of these. DinDraithou (talk) 20:47, 16 March 2011 (UTC)

I've just discovered this "publisher" after seeing many of my friends articles published for profit. Why won't wikipedia limit articles to "for eductaional, non commercial use only"

WTF?! http://convozine.com/929-holographic-universe/c/23083 — Preceding unsigned comment added by 213.220.197.182 (talk) 10:28, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

Tell me about - while searching Google Books I just stumbled across a book published by these guys that contains a Wiki article that I wrote. I wonder if a class action lawsuit is in order? Cagwinn (talk) 14:51, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

This is a free encyclopedia. It has copyright notices all over the place with regard to how your work may be used. Commercial work is permitted. If you don't like it, don't contribute. Rklawton (talk) 18:49, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

Yes but people may not be aware that they have to apply for a license to protect their work so if it is used commercially by someone they have to seek your permission. However still a nice little earner for those who use the loophole to cream off money from your work providing they are selling your work without your knowledge--Navops47 (talk) 06:14, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Scam[edit]

How is this not a scam? They're making money by ripping off free content. Electricbassguy (talk) 06:56, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

This is allowed usage: [2] "note that these licenses do allow commercial uses of your contributions"; and when you or any wikipedia author contributes, such license is used.

Controversial[edit]

Unless we have a source that says this organization is "controversial" we need to leave it out as it's just a personal opinion. Rklawton (talk) 18:48, 25 April 2013 (UTC)

The words used in the already-cited sources include "rip-off", "surprised" and "astonished" customers, the reviews are "littered with complaints", "fake", "stolen", "vanity publishing at its worst", and "Amazon is investigating" among other disparaging comments. I think that controversial is a very restrained summary of the sources actual opinions. Furthermore, your (IMO unfounded) objection to the single word controversial is no justification for removing the amply sourced statement that they re-print Wikipedia articles instead of writing their own books. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:23, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
As per long-standing Wikipedia practice, customer reviews are absolutely not considered to be reliable sources - and "controversial" derived from these reviews is a classic violation of SYNTH. Rklawton (talk) 15:55, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
You haven't looked at the sources, have you? The newspaper articles are the ones that say reviews are littered with complaints. For example, the first newspaper article says:

But several customers – and subjects – expressed surprise.
Reviews of Books LLC editions on Amazon have been littered with complaints about the content of purchases.

It is not "a classic violation of SYNTH" to report what newspaper articles say about customer reviews. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:58, 26 April 2013 (UTC)
Here are two additional publications that seem to have merit for referencing Books LLC being controversial. The Washington Post article seems very reliable. Also note that Books LLC is mentioned by name in the Wikipedia article Amazon.com controversies, which seems to establish acceptance of the issue.
"Publisher 'Books LLC' Makes Money From Wiki Articles". Convozine. 2011. Retrieved 2013-04-26. 
Gene Weingarten (September 12, 2010). "The book on Gene: It's less than you expect". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2013-04-26.  Pinethicket (talk) 20:25, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Inside Books LLC: German indepth review of three of these books[edit]

You can take a look into three of those controversial books (Bucher LLC and betascript) by using the following link:

Abstract: "In the last two years the catalogues of online bookshops in the German speaking world were flooded with books that are rather expensive, while they consist solely of articles from the German version of Wikipedia. Some of these books seem to be very interesting, as their titles suggest to offer profound studies of topics that have often been neglected in research so far. Including reviews of three such books, this report aims at alerting librarians to the problem and to keep them from buying books by publishers such as alphascript, betascript, “Books LLC” and “Bucher Gruppe”: these publishing houses only print books on demand which are not worth our money." --Popmuseum (talk) 15:35, 26 April 2013 (UTC)

Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts UK[edit]

This company has lifted the article Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts from 2010 and is re-selling it on Google Books here: http://books.google.lk/books?id=y_LFcQAACAAJ&source=gbs_navlinks_s.--Navops47 (talk) 05:58, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

Don't know how they have managed to compile a 120 page book out if unless they are lifting stuff from the official site http://www.mountview.org.uk/ which has plenty of material if true then that would be a different matter as its copyrighted © 2015 Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. Registered Charity No: 274166. Incorporated in England No: 01019858. Registered Office: Kingfisher Place,Clarendon Road, London N22 6XF. --Navops47 (talk) 06:20, 12 March 2015 (UTC)
More interesting stuff from their website FAQ section which is copyrighted "Wikipedia and Wikia are free. Why should I buy a book with Wiki content?
  • Our Wiki books are bought mainly by libraries and people who prefer to read a paperback than a computer screen.
  • The typical 100 page book has more than 200 articles and a table of contents by subject and title. You might have a hard time locating those articles without" So what have they compiled the 200+ articles from for this book unless you are stealing original copyrighted content, also this when you want buy their license: "I'm a publisher. Can we buy foreign rights for one of your books? Since we are a global publisher, we don't sell foreign rights to our books. But if you would like to distribute our books in your country, please let us know". So you can't re-sell their books--Navops47 (talk) 06:35, 12 March 2015 (UTC)