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Wikipedia Article Compilations

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Wikipedia Article Compilations

Post by Rowan » Wed September 5th, 2012, 3:12 am

This seems to be something new I have found on books about a man called Eadric Streona (or the Grasper): compiling Wikipedia articles for a book.

Book one:

Title: Eadric Streona

Description on Amazon: "High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Eadric (or Edric) Streona (died 1017 CE) was an ealdorman of the English Mercians. His name a loose translation of the Anglo-Saxon "the Grasper." Streona is historically regarded as the greatest traitor of the Anglo-Saxon period in English history."

Book two:

Title: Eadric Streona

First sentence of description: "Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online."

First book was published this year, the second in 2010. I feel like this is a cop out on the part of the authors to really research the man they write about.

What do you think?

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Post by Mythica » Wed September 5th, 2012, 8:53 am

This?

It is an increasing occurrence on Kindle for people to compile Wikipedia articles or from other sources on the internet and sell it for easy money. But I haven't seen it in print before. I guess it's not unethical as long as they are being honest and upfront about it being from Wikipedia and as long as the articles are public domain. But I can't see who would pay $20 for a mere 186 pages of something you can get for free on the internet!

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Post by Rowan » Wed September 5th, 2012, 12:43 pm

Yeah I can't imagine either.

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Post by Ludmilla » Wed September 5th, 2012, 1:38 pm

[quote=""Mythica""]This?

But I can't see who would pay $20 for a mere 186 pages of something you can get for free on the internet![/quote]

Same here. Plus, the point of Wiki and a lot of online sources is that it's a collaborative effort. Information is constantly being updated and changing. Go to nearly any Wiki article and it will be different than a week or a month ago.

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