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Hephaestus Books Rip-Off - Farseer - Nov-04-2011

Just passing on this message from Robin:

Quote:Hephaestus books, on Barnes&Noble and on, has a listing for a book called The Novels of Robin Hobb. Please don't be deceived that all my novels will fit into a 42 page paperback. It does not state it clearly, but this is actually a collection of wikipedia articles that are available for free on line. Not my novels and not my publisher! Caveat Emptor!

Please don't hesitate to spread the word. They're doing this to a number of authors. I hate to see readers ripped off.

RE: Hephaestus Books Rip-Off - 'thul - Nov-04-2011

sad thing to see how some wish to exploit others....

RE: Hephaestus Books Rip-Off - Albertosaurus Rex - Nov-04-2011

Very sad. Although they don't exactly try to hide what they're doing:

Product description Wrote:Hephaestus Books represents a new publishing paradigm, allowing disparate content sources to be curated into cohesive, relevant, and informative books. To date, this content has been curated from Wikipedia articles and images under Creative Commons licensing, although as Hephaestus Books continues to increase in scope and dimension, more licensed and public domain content is being added. We believe books such as this represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge. This particular book contains chapters focused on Novels by Robin Hobb, and The Farseer Trilogy.

It's right there in the description. Unethical? Maybe, but whoever falls for this scheme kinda has it coming.

RE: Hephaestus Books Rip-Off - Farseer - Nov-04-2011

Agreed! P

Still, from what I could tell, the Barnes & Noble site, as well as Alibris UK (whose website is curiously down at present), doesn't have the clause that Amazon does.