User:PrimeHunter/Alphascript Publishing sells free articles as expensive books

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It is pointed out in every Alphascript book that contents are Wikipedia articles. Do we now have to write in Amazon-books: “Attention! Books contains Wikipedia!”? Then other publishing houses would have to point out in their books: “Attention! Book contains nonsense!”, or: “Attention! Book has only sex-scenario!”

Alphascript Publishing website [nan 1]

"All texts of this book are extracted from Wikipedia. [...] Please be advised that nothing found here has necessarily been reviewed by people with the expertise required to provide you with complete, accurate or reliable information. Some information in this book maybe (sic) misleading or wrong."

History of Georgia (country), by Alphascript Publishing, pp. 4 [nan 2]

An Amazon.com book search on June 9, 2009 gives 1009 (August 6 gives 1859, October 1 gives 3978, September 20, 2010 gives 64,890) "books" from Alphascript Publishing,[nan 3][nan 4] an imprint of VDM Publishing Group. 1003 of the books are described as "by John McBrewster, Frederic P. Miller, and Agnes F. Vandome". They are called editors in the book listings. A recent "author" is named as "Mainyu Eldon A." or similar. It seems the only content of the many books is free Wikipedia articles, with no sign that these three people have contributed to them. The books often have very long titles that are full of keywords. Presumably, this is to make them more likely to be found when searching on sites such as Amazon.com.

The articles are often poorly printed with features like missing characters from foreign languages, and numerous images of arrows where Wikipedia had links. It appears much better to read the original articles for free at the Wikipedia website than paying a lot of money for what has been described as a scam or hoax. Advertising for the books at Amazon and elsewhere does not reveal the free source of all the content. It is only revealed inside the books, which may satisfy the license requirements for republishing of Wikipedia articles.

In an interview published on the VDM website, Wolfgang Philipp Müller, CEO of the VDM Group, defends the legality of Alphascript Publishing's commercial practices: "The new branded publishing houses Alphascript and FastBook are publishing controversial books. Are you sure that this kind of publication is legal? Müller: Did you ever ask this question to Google? For years, they scanned works that were protected by copyright law, but Google published these works without the permission of the authors or publishing houses. That's more than breaking law, that's plagiarism. At last, Google gets into trouble. In sharp contrast to Google, Alphascript and FastBook are publishing works which are intended and allowed to be published. These so-called copyleft works are put in the internet at everyone's disposal. The licenses for the free use expressly give the permission for commercial use. And this is exactly what we are doing. But it is unusual, that's right."[nan 5] As of 26 February 2010, there are 17,658 books "printed" over broad diversity of titles as "Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, John McBrewster" are signed as editor by Alphascript Publishing.[nan 6]

As an example of the "care" given to the books, the book "History of Georgia (country)" is about the European country Georgia but has a cover image of Atlanta in the American state Georgia.[nan 7] The Wikipedia article History of Georgia (country) does not make such a comical blunder. Another example is a book about an American football team with a soccer player on the cover.[nan 8]

As of 20 September 2010, 64,881 similar books are also available from Betascript Publishing [nan 9][nan 10] "by Lambert M. Surhone, Miriam T. Timpledon, Susan F. Maseken",[nan 11] including a book about The Police Reunion Tour,[nan 12] featuring a picture of Police on its cover.[nan 13]

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