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I got spam email at work today:
Dear Dr. W--,
I wish to introduce my new Ebook entitled A Handbook of Oral Physiology and Oral Biology.
This Ebook should be extremely useful for researchers and working professionals in the field of Dentistry. I am confident that after reading the synopsis and content description given below, you will recommend this book to your colleagues, students and library. Alternatively, you may want to purchase individual chapters of my Ebook: for more details please CLICK HERE

https://owa.massey.ac.nz/owa/redir....8e8&URL=http://eureka-mkt01.com/9781608051137 Sincerely,
Anastasios K. Markopoulos
Aristotle University
Greece
Note, I do not work in a field even remotely related to dentistry.

The "click here" takes you to Bentham Science Publishers. They publish a heap of peer-reviewed scientific journals with high impact factors. But from what I can tell, their new e-book publishing arm accepts submissions without fact checking or peer review, as long as the submissions meet their layout standards. Authors sign copyright over to Bentham (this is not uncommon for peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals, but it's definitely not the norm for textbooks). Bentham then sells the books, or offers the books for free if the authors have paid Bentham $900 for open-access.

So Bentham makes a profit for very little work, authors get a publication credit without having to pass much/any editorial review, and readers -- well, they get books that I'm guessing may have a high likelihood of being utter crap. Or that's my uncharitable, and possibly inaccurate, assessment of this venture. Does anyone have more info?
 
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Thanks for that -- and I've removed the email link.

I publish in science, and I know that what is standard for science publishing would be heinous by fiction pubilshing standards, but even so, this science ebook thing is sending up red flags for me.
 

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Jeremy Bentham would be spinning in his grave if most of his remains were actually in a grave.
 

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