Sometimes when I’m on eBay, I’ll type in a word related to my research interests, to see what’s there. When I typed in “Mandaean” today, I saw a book that I had never seen before, on the Mandaic Language, selling for $68.93, published by Betascript Publishing.
A quick glance at the cover had this self-contradictory notice: “High quality content by Wikipedia articles.”
I Googled the publisher and quickly deduced that it is a company that offers print-on-demand books which reproduce Wikipedia content. They have apparently been the focus of a lawsuit.
Had readers of this blog heard about this before? If not, please be warned about this scam! There is no reason anyone in their right mind should pay to have Wikipedia’s free content printed between covers.