If you liked The Hunger Games, Harry 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. Update: Amazon (NSDQ: AMZN) pulled the book this morning following this article.
One of my colleagues was browsing for The Hunger Games n Amazon and got this recommendation:
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.
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.
One duped consumer (who either didn’t read the book description or bought the book before the description was added) writes, “Do not buy this product unless you are looking for mere “Cliff Notes” of these book series. The product description is deceiving and is accompanied by photos of books which you think they are selling. Even Amazon’s own C.S. Rep. was fooled because I called before my purchase to confirm that the product was the actual books pictured. What I received was only one thin paperback b&w book (that looks like it was made in a copy store) filled with summaries of these book series. I am disappointed with Amazon for allowing this deception to be on their web site–especially when they are fulfilling the item!”