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The Worst Book ABOUT Cars Ever Sold,
This review is from: The Worst Cars Ever Sold (Paperback)
I felt that I was ripped off when I bought this book because so much of it was similar to a previous book by Giles Chapman - "Cars that Time Forgot". Several photographs and a significant amount of text was the same or similar with only minor changes. It is a disgrace that material can be regurgitated, slightly tweaked, and republished under a new title. I will not be buying any more of Mr Chapman's books because I do not want to risk wasting any more money. Unfortunately I was unable to give it zero stars.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2010, 13:30:04 BST
A note from the author: my much older book 'Cars That Time Forgot' is no longer in print, and nor is it likely to be again. Some of the content is indeed similar but in this book I was able to both add much more information and also include many more pictures. Also, it should be said, this book does focus specifically on, ahem, bad cars that were actually on sale in Britain, and so is a bit more specific. Just thought I'd say all this as it is always a shame to know a reader is disappointed.
In reply to an earlier post on 30 Nov 2010, 18:56:52 GMT
Last edited by the author on 30 Nov 2010, 19:07:25 GMT
Interesting response. Mr Chapman's reply does not give any confidence that future books by him will not contain previously published material. It may be significant that the two books in question had different publishers and one of them does not seem impressed. I quote "I can assure you that we had no idea that so much regurgitated material appeared in this book from a previous volume by the same author. Had we known, we would have insisted he rewrite it to incorporate new material..... I very much doubt that we'll have his services as an author again".
I think this speaks volumes!
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2010, 08:29:15 GMT
Another note from the author: I'm not quite sure what your motivation is here - I detect a certain air of triumph (and it's not the petrol-rich stink of a TR6!). But the two books are on pretty much the same subject, which could be described as a sub-genre of road car history, presented in significantly different ways.
In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2010, 20:08:52 GMT
My only motivation is to warn others. The truth speaks for itself.
In reply to an earlier post on 4 Dec 2010, 08:00:08 GMT
Final note from author: that is a fair comment, and thank you.
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