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Laura Farnan

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Summary Books
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 1:32 AM
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I am interested in creating some summary Kiindle books of best sellers. I see others are creating summary books on Kindle. My question is if it is permissible under the Amazon terms to create two summary books of the same title? For example, if you were going to create a summary book on "The Great Gatsby", could you create two books? One being a summary of the book and another being not only a summary but having an analysis of the book as well? I don't see anything that states you can only create two or more Kindle books on the same underlying work? Thanks
Salamander Mall...

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 7:18 AM   in response to: Laura Farnan in response to: Laura Farnan
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Laura Farnan wrote:
I am interested in creating some summary Kiindle books of best sellers. I see others are creating summary books on Kindle. My question is if it is permissible under the Amazon terms to create two summary books of the same title? For example, if you were going to create a summary book on "The Great Gatsby", could you create two books? One being a summary of the book and another being not only a summary but having an analysis of the book as well? I don't see anything that states you can only create two or more Kindle books on the same underlying work? Thanks

These parasitic ripoff books are allowed, but KDP has specific rules you must follow. Become conversant with them before you publish, else your efforts might be taken down, or not allowed at all. It's explained in the help pages. As to squeezing an extra book out of some poor dead author, it would depend how much you plagiarized yourself -- the standard KDP seems to apply to derivative works is 51%, so you'd have to have more than half be new material, though even that may not stop a red flag from going up...the initial checkers are only bots.
Cynthia E. Hurst

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Re: Summary Books
Posted: Jan 1, 2018 9:17 AM   in response to: Laura Farnan in response to: Laura Farnan
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Most classic works already have spawned a number of 'summary' books, guides, or whatever you want to call them. Unless you have some new and startling insight to offer, and the credentials to back it up, there's really no point. As Salamander says, Amazon is fairly strict with these and you could find yourself banned. Why not write something original?
Emily Veinglory

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Posted: Jan 1, 2018 10:59 AM   in response to: Laura Farnan in response to: Laura Farnan
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It would be a derivative work and so a violation of the original copyright.
Jane Rubino

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Posted: Jan 4, 2018 6:45 AM   in response to: Laura Farnan in response to: Laura Farnan
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Most of the summary books I've seen are of books in the public domain. In the case of public domain works, reprinting large passages of the book, or even the entire book with your appended commentary or analysis should not create a copyright issue. The problem with Gatsby is that it is not in the public domain, it is under copyright for another few years, so in order to avoid infringement claims, the use of its text would have to align with Fair Use. Here is a link to an overview of Fair Use that may help you.
https://fairuse.stanford.edu/overview/fair-use/what-is-fair-use/
Notjohn

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Posted: Jan 4, 2018 10:26 AM   in response to: Jane Rubino in response to: Jane Rubino
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When I bought The Boys on the Boat, I distinctly remember at least one and maybe two plot summaries. They seemed to be for book clubs, to save the ladies the awful labor of actually reading the book. But they (or it, if only one) don't seem to exist any longer, so Amazon indeed must have cracked down.

"Girl on a Train" however is still there and still selling very well, thank you! Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,306 Paid in Kindle Store

It got a big boost when Paul Harkins came out with the mega-seller "The Girl on the Train." And speaking of book clubs, at least one lady did buy the wrong book, and according to the A-Hed in the Wall Street Journal became very confused when people started discussing Hawkins's rather convoluted plot. But she got her revenge! When her turn came around to name the book everyone must read, she nominated Girl on a Train, tee hee.

(Don't trust KDP to publish a print edition. Don't trust CreateSpace to publish an ebook. Each does one thing well and the other thing poorly.)

Good luck! -- NJ

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