Is this a bad way to write an eBook??

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Is buying a book from a bookstore and rewritting/paraphrasing in my own words a bad technique to use in writing my own ebook? Right not im going through the book and rewriting each key block of text that i think is relevant. It still looks very similar to the original text and may need to be re-written several times but is this a good or bad way to start?
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Are you running a business or just messing around? If you want to become wealthy online, this is certainly not a long term business strategy. If you're only messing around, sure go for it. But most definitely avoid blatent plagiarism.
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    • Profile picture of the author Michael Oksa
      No, it's more than a bad idea, it's plagiarism and could get you sued.

      Research, and listing references as needed, is a good idea.

      Originally Posted by ramone_johnny View Post

      Are you running a business or just messing around? If you want to become wealthy online, this is certainly not a long term business strategy. If you're only messing around, sure go for it. But most definitely avoid blatent plagiarism.
      What ashtonuk is talking about doing IS blatant plagiarism.

      All the best,
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      • Profile picture of the author Sissy76
        This isn't writing, it's plagarism, plain and simple.
        Use it in your research, make sure you reference it, along with all of your other sources, but the idea you put forth is bad, bad, bad.
        The author has spent a LOT of time writing the book, not to mention going through the publishing process - that is a huge feat in itself.
        Don't rip them off.
        Develop your own ideas and product, contribute something uniquely your own. You'll feel such a sense of accomplishment and pride, rather than looking over your shoulder waiting to see if you're going to get caught.
        Not worth it.

        Sissy
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    Well what can I say that has not already been said... It's a bad idea and it is plagarism, nothing more to really say besides that.

    Research is what you should be doing.... Reading and learning is fine but bear in mind whatever kind of ebook you are writing, are you actually doing what the ebook suggest ??? In otherwords if a ebook says you can generate X amount of traffic by doing XYZ and doing ZYX, are you actually doing that yourself or just writing about it ???

    Part of research also includes you doing the same exact thing that you are giving advice on. If you have not done what you are giving advice on then you should seriously thing about a different business..

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author CCCAffiliate
    I agree with everybody else. It may work for awhile, but will catch up with you.

    Research and learn, it's worth the wait.
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    • Profile picture of the author thewizard
      Hey! Here's a way I think you can make this work. If you were to paraphrase, that would be plagiarism...what you do...do your research and read from as many sources as you can. Make sure you understand the materials you read inside out. Then to get the contents into your own words.....try to explain the concepts to a person over a coffee....and tape it.......listen to your own words after, and start writing from that....you will not even remember how things were written in the books and it will all be your own words and sentences. Then you can go back and reference and give credits where its deserved.
      ...Just an idea! Hope it helps!
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  • Profile picture of the author DotComBum
    I think it's a bad idea, go hire a ghostwriter to write for you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Riddle
    If you read one book and write based on that book its plagiarism.

    If you read 10 books and write based on the 10 books then its research

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    • I would say read the top five to ten books in your niche, take good notes, and then you have got some great material for an ebook. Do some of your own thinking to expand on that material, and do those books some justice by mentioning them and crediting/ expanding on their ideas. If you've read the top five-10 in your subject, you are going to know that subject pretty well and should have no shortage of material to disuss or explain online.
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  • Profile picture of the author Smokey_Joe
    If you set out to create something, this something needs to have something to offer. In other words, even if processing something already existent (for research, not for conceptual copy-pasting), you have to add value to it. Even review works are standalone copies - as long as they provide analysis, systematization, sampling or whatever else that could make the new product a full-fledged one.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Don't participate in plagarism. It is perfectly acceptable to use source material for reference -- you can't copyright an idea or a concept or facts, but you can copyright the form in which they are expressed -- but you need to write your OWN version and not do a paragraph-by-paragraph rewrite.
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  • Profile picture of the author thatgirlJ
    Definitely do not do this. The fact that you asked the question means that you know it's a bad idea

    It's good that you did ask first, there are dishonest people who would have just gone and done it

    Good luck with your ebook writing endeavors!
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  • Profile picture of the author Rob P
    Hi,

    I understand your desperation to enter a market by producing your own product. My advice would be this: Write about something you are passionate about and know more about than the average person. Passion is what makes an ebook special and a good seller. If you just re-hash someone elses work it will never amount to much. Like someone said above, researching your subject from a number of other books is fine - research is good - but if you come to a subject because it is important to you, rather than just as a way of making money, you will produce a far superior product.

    My first ebook took nearly 6 months to write and i was working on it 12 hours plus per day at times. It wasn't a great book - I'm not a talented writer - but... it came from my heart and I worked so hard on it because I wanted it to be THE BEST in that particular niche - not just a re-hash of someone elses hard work.

    Incidentally, that little ebook was picked up by a company in Singapore and overnight it led to me ditching my job and becoming an international speaker/trainer - purely because I wrote with passion. :-)

    Follow the subject that you are most passionate about.

    Good luck
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    • Profile picture of the author elaine drennan
      Originally Posted by Robplevin View Post

      ...it came from my heart and I worked so hard on it because I wanted it to be THE BEST in that particular niche...

      ...that little ebook was picked up by a company in Singapore and overnight it led to me ditching my job and becoming an international speaker/trainer - purely because I wrote with passion. :-)
      Hi Ashtonuk!

      Isn't this story inspiring?

      Rob was successful because he was passionate and sincere. Because his personality came through in his book he was REAL to his readers - they felt as though they knew him - and this inspired trust and confidence.

      In order to be passionate about something you MUST understand it for YOURSELF - then just explain it the way you understand it...

      Express yourself in your own UNIQUE way and your readers will love you for it

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      • Profile picture of the author geolt7
        Originally Posted by elaine drennan View Post

        Hi Ashtonuk!

        Isn't this story inspiring?

        Rob was successful because he was passionate and sincere. Because his personality came through in his book he was REAL to his readers - they felt as though they knew him - and this inspired trust and confidence.

        In order to be passionate about something you MUST understand it for YOURSELF - then just explain it the way you understand it...

        Express yourself in your own UNIQUE way and your readers will love you for it

        Elaine
        I fully agree with Elaine.

        When you own what you write and truly understand it instead of just paraphrasing it, it makes it a lot more interesting and easier to write in fact.

        Writing is an art in itself, many times the person who gives readers exactly what they are looking for in a concise manner wins their heart and builds credibility.
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  • Profile picture of the author Goatboy
    Plagiarism means to use the words or ideas of another as your own. If all you are doing is rephrasing someone else's words but still expressing their ideas then you are probably stealing their work. I say "probably" because there is a loophole for information that is in the public domain or is common knowledge. Even then, it is best to use that information to an original purpose.

    Print publishers take a dim view of the theft of intellectual property and are in the habit of suing people's socks off. They have been attacking the problem much like the record companies attacked file sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mandy Allen
    Bad idea, bad bad bad idea. Seriously do not do this. You will get caught.

    Enjoy the journey.

    Mandy
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  • Profile picture of the author Anteros
    Maybe if it's valuable information, you could make a synthesis and sell a report on that book.

    I've seen many books in the lines of "The secrets of "The Secret"". You could do that also. Look for a theory book and write how to put it in practice.

    But never attempt to rewrite a book from someone else. That's stealing.
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  • Profile picture of the author clbeav
    Originally Posted by ashtonuk View Post

    Is buying a book from a bookstore and rewritting/paraphrasing in my own words a bad technique to use in writing my own ebook? Right not im going through the book and rewriting each key block of text that i think is relevant. It still looks very similar to the original text and may need to be re-written several times but is this a good or bad way to start?
    It is a bad idea,

    You need to do research, buy several books (or check the Library), watch videos if you can find them, and then you can attempt to write an ebook based upon what you have learned.

    Remember though, if writing an ebook, I would always check it with something like an unique content (anti-plagiarism) checker such as CopySpace.
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  • Profile picture of the author Steve King
    When writing an ebook for the first time it can be hard work, but the sense of achievement is massive reward for all your hard work; and you'll feel better about yourself when the money rolls in too.
    cheers
    Steve
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Carl Kelly
    Here's a guide from Citizen Media:

    Using the Work of Others | Citizen Media Law Project

    And remember, ideas cannot be copyrighted:

    Works Not Covered By Copyright | Citizen Media Law Project

    but that doesn't mean it isn't plagiarism. Quoting the legal team:

    Plagiarism is the act of using another's work and passing it off as your own. While such a use could open you up to a copyright infringement claim, there is no legal liability associated with the act of plagiarism.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanzona
    Why would you want to do this anyway? Its a terribile idea. You could hire on Elance an inexpensive writer and something legitimate.
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  • Profile picture of the author xohaibx
    Bad bad bad idea! You could get into trouble, such stuff doesn't stay for long. I'd advice you to keep out.
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