Wednesday, December 27, 2017

a scam? - book order reading list book

Added a few minutes after hitting publish: I thought these 'books' were a scam and I still can't say I like the idea of them but I found reviewers on Goodreads who were appreciative of a list that offered a reading order. The author is open about what the books are; there is no subterfuge going on. I won't buy one but I can indeed see the value. Huh, I guess this is a creative way to earn a little money on the side of big authors - and also helping those authors by making their books more approachable.  

I was searching for books by an author I like and found the book:
ELIOT PATTISON: SERIES READING ORDER: A READ TO LIVE, LIVE TO READ CHECKLIST [INSPECTOR SHAN SERIES, BONE RATTLER SERIES, HADRIAN BOONE SERIES] Kindle Edition
This 'book' costs $1.31 Can and apparently contains a list of Pattison's books in the order various series should be read.
The author, Rita Bookman, probably an alias,has several such 'books' on Amazon. The first line of the product description says,
CIRCULAR 34 FROM THE UNITED STATES COPYRIGHT OFFICE STATES:
COPYRIGHT PROTECTION IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR NAMES, TITLES OR SHORT PHRASES
 which appears a pro-active defence against such attacks.

For what it's worth, the Wikipedia list of his books is probably sufficient.

I gotta say, this 'book' and the many similar that Bookman has published may be useful. And the amount of effort per word is wonderfully low - these lists probably generate a lot of value per time committed to the work.

Eliot Pattison's website is here. And for the record, his books set in Tibet were written in the following order:

THE SKULL MANTRA,
WATER TOUCHING STONE,
BONE MOUNTAIN,
BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS,
PRAYER OF THE DRAGON,
THE LORD OF DEATH,
and MANDARIN GATE. (saved you $1.31).

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