Is this Plagiarism? We’ll Let You Decide.

Some folks have asked us for more details about Beyond the Third Eye, in particularly our plagiarism findings. So we decided to post some of our discoveries and let you decide for yourself.

Here is one passage from the submitted manuscript and as it appeared in the book on page 218.

…gruesome discovery of heaps of human bones on the floor of the wailed-up dungeon or oubliette, and of hooks (used for execution or hangings) in an adjacent field, known locally as “Hangman’s Acre”, have given added credence to the tales of these manifestations.

Compared to this we found in Ireland’s Most Haunted Castles by Gearóid Ó Bróin in Ireland’s Own Summer Annual 1988…that’s right 1988. Over ten years prior to the book.  There is no atribution for this article in the book.

“The gruesome discovery of heaps of human bones on the floor of the wailed-up dungeon or oubliette, and of hooks (used for executions or hangings) in an adjacent field, known locally as “Hangman’s Acre”, have given added credence to the tales of these manifestations.”

Here is the link we where found Ó Bróin’s work.  You can find it in paragraph seven:

So what do you think?  Leave your comments below…be nice.

Beyond the Third Eye Pulled from Publication

It is unfortunate but we have pulled the book Beyond the Third Eye by Rochelle Moore from publication.  After hearing complaints from readers we put the book through a plagiarism scanner and it produced a rating of 25%.  According to the software manufacture, any rating above 21% is highly suspect of plagiarism.

We conducted a random inspection of several passages the software identified as suspect and found word-for-word duplication from works that predated the book. No attribution was given for these passages.  The duplicated material varied in length from several sentences to multiple paragraphs.

This is truly unfortunate and will force us to change how we handle new manuscripts. In the past our authors sign a publishing agreement that states:

“a) Author warrants that Author is the author and sole owner of the Work or was assigned the rights delineated above; that it is original and contains no matter unlawful in its content, nor does it violate the rights of any third party including but not limited to rights of privacy, rights of publicity, libel or infringement of copyright or any other rights; that the Work is not in the public domain. Author also warrants that these rights are owned or controlled by him without encumbrance and that Author has full power to grant the listed rights to Publisher.”

We worked from a position of “Good Faith” that the authors were who and what they claim they are and had the rights to the work they presented as original.  Now we will have to put every manuscript to the test.  Thankfully modern technology has provided us a way to scan and compare against other digital works, it does however limit us to only digital comparisons.

We’ve had several people ask why didn’t we vet our authors better. Vetting in the publishing world is fact checking and fact checking is so time consuming that even local newspaper forgo this and expect the authors/writers to check their own facts. This is the case with large publishing houses as well.

A recent article in The New York Times tells the problems that befell Henry Holt & Company recently.  Not only did the author make up facts in the book but embellished his own credentials. And an article in the Virginia Quarterly Review revealed that the editor-in-chief of Wired magazine Chris Anderson was discovered to have plagiarized his new book Free.

This was a sad week at Andborough Publishing. Our apologies.

New Site for Andborough

Sorry for the inconvenience but we are moving to a new host provider and updating our site to include all the books we’ve published over the last 2 years and all the post that unfortunately never made it out on the web…due to technical difficulties.

In the mean time you can still purchase any of our books at Amazon or Barnes and Noble