pennsicdance: [SCA-Dance] Fwd: To: Lord Darius the Dancer / Pennsic University

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 00:04:27 PST 2012


Ah.  Thanks for the research!  I hadn't tried looking into it yet (normally
I would, just busy this evening), but I figured that at least putting the
word out there would get a discussion going / warn people to be cautious of
such emails.

Darius


On Fri, Dec 14, 2012 at 2:35 AM, Tim McDaniel <tmcd at panix.com> wrote:

> On Fri, 14 Dec 2012, David Learmonth <david.a.learmonth at gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I just thought this was an interesting email I just received, and figured
>> I
>> would forward it to the group, to see if anyone else has received
>> something
>> similar?
>>
>> Probably automated.  Let me know if anyone actually contacts them, I'm
>> curious what more they would say.  :)
>>
>
> You can find all sorts of testimonials with a Google search for
>     "LAMBERT Academic" scam
>
> Some of the hits are a few years old, so I don't know whether every
> single detail is up to date, but
> http://journalology.blogspot.**com/2012/09/lambert-academic-**
> publishing-or-how-not.html<http://journalology.blogspot.com/2012/09/lambert-academic-publishing-or-how-not.html>
> looks like a good set of recent details.  He notes that they have
> editor profiles on Facebook, but he found that the "profile pictures"
> were stock pictures from Yuri Arcurs Photography.  He adds,
>
> - They have no selectivity - anyone who submits their "book" will have
>   it "published";
> - They do not conduct peer review;
> - They do not edit the "book", and they "publish" exactly what is
>   submitted - and apparently they charge for any changes made by the
>   author after submission;
> - Authors will almost certainly never receive any royalties (a
>   blogger notes that "I have yet to found the testimony of anybody who
>   has received royalties");
> - They do not market the "books"
>
> He quotes
>
> "Where royalties average less than 50 Euro a month, the author is
> given book vouchers for other LAP Lambert stock. An author's share is
> usually always under this because at the average rate of 80 Euro a
> book, it means they would have to sell 11 copies a month to exceed the
> 50 Euro threshold, which is difficult since the company does not
> undertake any marketing on behalf of the author."
>
> Another page notes that, while he got one free copy, the price on his
> dissertation was really inflated, as in over $100 a copy, and suspects
> that they make money by authors convincing their friends and relatives
> to buy copies.  Another says that you have to sign over to them all
> rights.
>
> So: vanity press.  Don't.
>
> Danett Lincoln
> --
> Tim McDaniel, tmcd at panix.com
>


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