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Hunger Games Spam Book

26 March 2012

From Paid Content:

If you liked The Hunger GamesHarry Potter and Twilight, you’ll love Popular Book Series of the 21st Century: Harry Potter, Twilight, The Millenium Trilogy, The Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments, The Southern Vampire Mysteries and The Uglies Series. Too bad it’s just a collection of Wikipedia articles repackaged into a $17.66 paperback.

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The book is literally all of the Wikipedia articles about each series. We’ve seen plenty of spammy content on Amazon before, but this one stands out because Hunger Games interest is driving it up in Amazon’s recommendation algorithm and it is a pricey paperback rather than an e-book.

The book is also accompanied by two phony “customer images” showing shelves of hardcover books.

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The publisher is listed as “Webster’s Digital Services” and the book’s description notes:

Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. The trend in reading material this century, seems to be series which attract such a devoted following that they become their own subculture. Many of these series earn film or television versions of their stories, furthering their popularity. This book introduces you to the definitive series of the 21st century: discussing the series as a whole and then turning to each book within.

Project Webster 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 Project Webster 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.

Link to the rest at Paid Content

PG just checked and it appears Amazon took the book down.

Amazon

5 Comments to “Hunger Games Spam Book”

  1. A couple of years ago while researching 20th century Irish gangsters in New York (the most famous of whom was a cousin of mine), I paid $15 for just such a book. The seller was listing it on ABEBooks.com, and it was a mighty thin compilation of Wikipedia articles I’d already read. Grrrrrr….

  2. Did you ever just wish sometimes that you had no morals and you could just do things like this and make a killing from it?

  3. I spent about an hour yesterday at Amazon looking at Kindle cookbooks with 1 star reviews. According to the reviewers, they were all books comprised of recipes proven to be posted at well-known cooking sites, some apparently even including the photos shot by others.

  4. I love how they were being completely shameless about it and using such creative euphemisms for stealing. hopefully amazon nuked their account too.

  5. Still trying to bend my brain into understanding how copy-pasting Wikipedia could “represent a new and exciting lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge”. New? Exciting? And charging for free content is sharing?

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