Is Hephaestus Books a ripoff? Not quite.

While others seem to be shouting scam (see here, here and here) I’m not sure that’s the case. While the titles they have do list several works by various others (like this one for Raymond E. Feist), the description pretty clearly states that the book is a collection of articles from sources like Wikipedia. Plus they aren’t lying about page length or anything like that either. Is it a scam? I personally don’t think that’s the case here, but then I don’t have a lot of sympathy for people who don’t read the details of what they’re buying and then bitch that it isn’t what they thought it would be.

via SF Signal

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5 thoughts on “Is Hephaestus Books a ripoff? Not quite.

  1. 82 pages of text scraped from wikipedia for nearly $14. If it isn’t a scam, it’s clearly a ripoff of other peoples work. Taking advantage of people is a crime.

    • Is it over-priced? Sure. It isn’t ripping off anyone’s work though when the work is licensed in a way that allows people and/or companies to use it in this way. And since the product information clearly states this is what they’re doing it is hardly a crime. If someone wants a bound print-out of Wikipedia pages, this is certainly an option. Albeit an expensive one.

    • Again, it isn’t illegal to sell the articles due to the license they were published under. The product description states they’re compendiums of articles from the likes of Wikipedia. Just because something is expensive or you decided you didn’t want to read the product description doesn’t make it a scam.

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