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Mustard Broach



Joined: 02 Feb 2010
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 2:19 pm    Post subject: What is this "book"? Reply with quote

While doing some random searches, I came across several of these things.

Does anyone have any idea what they are?
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Evan



Joined: 17 Mar 2004
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I believe all they are are compilations of Wikipedia articles.
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Vlcice



Joined: 22 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 10, 2013 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a few publishers that do this. They have a bot which chooses articles based on what they think is relevance, then list them on various sites for sale. They're actually print on demand, so they're able to list tens or hundreds of thousands of "books" for sake.

It's ridiculous and scammy, but at least the automatic process results in some periodic hilarious misfires, like "Vreni Schneider: Annemarie Moser-Pröll, FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, Winter Olympic Games, Slalom Skiing, Giant Slalom Skiing, Half Man Half Biscuit". The publishers' attempts to defend their practices are also pretty surreal.
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