and that doesn't happen all that often, as we know
The topic is bizarre, but I have to share it ...
While searching a couple of the major online bookseller sites, I've come to notice, more and more frequently, listings of books that are accompanied by the legend 'Print on Demand'.
For those unfamiliar with the phrase, this generally describes an out-of-print, out-of-copyright, text that a printer (I'm loath to call them publishers) has photocopied and prints when an order is received. Such certainly fulfill a market demand and can make available texts which are often difficult to find and can be prohibitively expensive to purchase, if one insists on obtaining a real, honest-to-goodness published copy.
But, the idea has apparently now extended beyond that. The first hint of this was noting that 'original' compilations were becoming part of the genre - copies of several journal articles on a topic, for instance, with a cover title indicative of the general subject. (Think back to your professor handing out a stapled batch of photocopied articles as part of your reading list for the semester).
The following, however, caught my eye tonight and I felt the need to share it - because it was sooo ridiculously written. I can only surmise that its author got a print on demand dictionary for his or her birthday and randomly opened it to pages before throwing darts at it to select words to use.
________ 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 ___________ 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 is a collaboration focused on Ukrainian diaspora in the United States.
Too bad, he or she didn't read the definitions before employing the words ... "cohesive" books?, "curated from"?, a collation of articles from Wikipedia represents a "lexicon in the sharing of human knowledge"?, and, binding them together constitutes a "collaboration"?
Amazing - and to think that, if I was willing to accept Wikipedia as a source on which I wanted to rely, I'd pay only $23.55 plus s&h to get it in this format. What a deal!!!