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This is a very funny spoof of the Apple commercials along with all kinds of great uses of mobile/computer related terms like docking, sharing, wireless.  I’ll take a tall glass please.


WashPo’s non fiction editor claims that she’s not appropriating another author’s materials and trying to pass it off as her own. In fact, she appears to have lifted passages from interviews on the internet and claimed that she conducted those interviews. She is clearly passing off someone else’s work as her own. Or her ghost writer is. So why the white glove treatment? Is plagiarism simply so commonplace now that we don’t care? The Daily Beast

And because I hate ending with really depressing stuff, I direct you to this Buzzfeed link.  But before you go, please put down any liquids or food items.  Also close the door to your office.  If you have no door, you may want to go take a smoke break even if you don’t smoke.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Liz H.
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 04:41:26

    That was totally worth the sad stuff. I’m laughing so hard I’m crying and I fell out of my chair. The dog and cat came to check that I’m alive. They are sitting in a row wondering what’s wrong with the crazy person.

  2. library addict
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 05:03:07

    Sadly, publishers have never seemed to take plagiarism seriously. How else to explain why Janet Dailey and others get new contracts? Even when they pay lip service to plagiarism being wrong like with that blogger a while back (sorry I am spacing on the name) they still continue on with business as usual.

    Now if only Penguin would allow more libraries to actually purchase their digital books :sigh: But the year expiration date still seems too short to me.

  3. Sirius
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 06:47:35

    Those autocorrects were hysterical and such familiar frustration too :) Thanks do much.

  4. Patricia Eimer
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 07:39:29

    Jane Goodall was plagarizing? Ugh, you’d think she would be smart enough to know she’d get caught.

  5. SAO
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 07:58:50

    Jane Goodall is 79. I read Harvest of Hope and it read like a ghost-writtten book (there were two co-authors). At times you guess what Goodall might have said (Chimps eat meat and she’d never tell someone not to eat meat) and her co-authors’ agenda (meat-eating is bad and humans weren’t designed for it.) And the level of research suggests that they never got beyond Wikipedia, and sometimes not that far.

    I suspect Goodall signed on to a big advance to help her causes and didn’t feel she could reject what got written (or else she either didn’t care or verging on senility).

    It proves once again that if a well-known author writes a book with co-authors, you’re not getting a book written by the well-known author.

  6. cleo
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 08:29:49

    Love the cider ad. Reminds me of the “My Blackberry’s Not Working” comedy routine –

  7. azteclady
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 10:25:26

    Some of this made me mad, but the autocorrect made me cry with laughter. Thank you.

  8. Darlynne
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 10:26:18

    Damnyouautocorrect should probably be written on all prescription medication pads: take two of these and call me in the morning. Thanks, Jane, for reminding me how much I enjoy this.

  9. Elaine Normandy
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:00:56

    This is why I turned off auto-correct the first day that I got my iPad.

  10. Mara Yollick
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 11:05:26

    “Is plagiarism simply so commonplace now that we don’t care?”

    The answer to that is apparently a resounding yes.

  11. Darlene Marshall
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 13:08:05

    Thanks for the Sommersby ad. I discovered the joys of cider many years ago when I was traveling through Scotland. One brutally hot day (it was at least 75F–people were reeling in the streets) I asked for a beer alternative since I don’t enjoy beer or soft drinks, and the nice gent behind the bar served me a dry cider. I’ve been a huge fan ever since. I’m thrilled to see more cider coming across the Pond, and even some good US products hitting the shelves.

    I know, nothing about books in this comment, but I enjoyed the ad.[g]

  12. De
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 16:03:16

    I just checked with Ingram’s i-page, Seeds of Hope is now showing “Pub Date: August 27, 2013” rather than April. I’m guessing they’re hoping to fix it instead of scrapping it completely.

  13. Maggie
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 17:50:42

    Oh Jesus Chalupa, I’m dying over here.

    My pen!s is stuck.
    Stuck in the muck.
    Stuck in the butt.
    What the f*ck.

    Is there more beautiful poetry out there????

  14. B. Sullivan
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 19:37:25

    Love that ad – and now I want cidar.

    I also sort of love that Ellis’ title (on the internet anyway) is now “Linda Ellis, the notorious poem copyright troll.” Because I did actually go read her poem when I started reading about the legal actions and was not much impressed. [Note: the previous statement was entirely my own, does not represent this website, and entirely due to my long ago English major which does not in any way make me an accurate judge of the true merits of internet poetry.]

  15. SonomaLass
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 01:54:14

    Funny ad! Cider drinkers, watch for Ace Cider from Sonoma County. The dry style, Joker, is very much in the British/French tradition.

    I hate the Jane Goodall piece. I don’t care what she got paid; it can’t be worth tarnishing her reputation. Although obviously not tarnishing it much, since as you point out, our society’s pretty blasé about plagiarism. Which sucks for those of us tasked with teaching students not to do it.

  16. Darlene Marshall
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 09:02:05

    Thanks for the tip about Ace, @SonomaLass. I’m always on the lookout for a good quality dry cider. Most of them are too sweet for my taste.

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