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VDM Publishing Group
Founded 2002
Founder Wolfgang Philipp Müller
Headquarters Saarbrücken
Area served Worldwide
Key people Wolfgang Philipp Müller
CEO
Industry Publishing
Employees 70 (2007)[1][2]
Subsidiaries Publishing houses:
VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Südwestdeutscher Verlag für Hochschulschriften, Verlag Classic Edition, Saarbücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften,
Alphascript Publishing
Alphascript publishing logo.jpg
Betascript Publishing
Betascript Publishing logo.jpg
Fastbook Publishing
Fastbook Publishing logo.png
Service industries:
VDM Publishing House Ltd.VDM Publishing House ltd. Mauritian subsidiary of VDM Group. Logo.png
VDM Verlagservicegsellschaft mbH, VDM IT-Dienstleistungen, MoreBooks! Publishing GmbH, VDM Verwaltung Aktiengesellschaft [3]
Website vdm-publishing.com
Alexa rank 1659848[4]
Available in English, German

VDM Publishing House, Ltd. (also known as VDM Publishing, Verlag Dr. Mueller Publishing, LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, SVH Südwestdeutsche Verlag für Hochschulschriften, VCE Verlag Classic Edition, Fastbook Publishing, Saarbücker Verlag für Rechtswissenschaften, MoreBooks! Publishing GmbH) is a print on demand book publishing company based in Saarbrücken, Germany, with offices in Mauritius and in Moldova.[2][3][5]

The company was founded in 2002 by Dr. Wolfgang Philipp Müller[2] and in 2007, it began distributing its publications through Lightning Source,[6] Amazon.com,[7] Amazon.co.uk and the German company Books on Demand.[8]

VDM Publishing specializes in German and English dissertations, theses and research projects.[9] Its services are free to authors. Their business model involves a team of acquisitions editors that proactively solicits potential authors for their manuscripts. It usually does not edit manuscripts, assuming "they are of high enough quality", as academic dissertations. It does not proofread manuscripts, as that would be financially untenable.[10] VDM Publishing self-claims to publish more than 10.000 new titles and thus claims to be "one of the leading publishing houses of academic research".[9]

VDM publishing's imprints, Alphascript, Betascript and Fastbook Publishing specialize in publishing and selling around 20.000 wikipedia articles in printed form via print on demand, in e-commerce bookstores[11]. Alphascripts distributes these publications through several on-line book retailers.

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Alphascript Publishing, Betascript Publishing and Fastbook Publishing

Alphascript Publishing (created in April 2009),[12] Betascript Publishing (created in January 2010) and Fastbook Publishing (created in July 2009)[13] are imprints of VDM Publishing House, used to publish and sell collections of freely available Wikipedia articles as commercial printed-on-demand books: "with the Wikipedia-texts at free disposal we create books on interesting topics." Alphascript is self-defined as "internet in form of a book" which claims "there is hardly another platform for quick and better processing of information than Wikipedia" which is for the benefit of their customers "who want to be informed on a specific subject" in book form, though they can "have online everything free of charge."[14][15][16] These titles are published as being edited by Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster. As of February 2010, there are over 17,000 titles listed on Amazon.com by an author named "Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster".[17] As of March 2010, Betascript is also using names Lambert M. Surhone (Editor), Miriam T. Timpledon (Editor), Susan F. Marseken (Editor).

Alphascript lists amazon.de, amazon.co.uk, amazon.com, knv.de, libri.de, schaltungsdienst.de, bod.de, VDM, VSG, ingrambook.com, umbreit.de, reha Marketing, smartprofessionals.de, xing.de, lightningsource.com, bischoffundpartner.de as business partners.[11]

Business practice

VDM claims to be able to produce a new book in a six week process, two weeks for cover and four weeks for production. There is no cost to authors and they receive one free copy of the book. According the FAQ section of VDM site, the company argues they "tend not to edit works" since manuscripts they accept "are already of a high standard" and "proofreading is not performed" for the books since it would not be "financeable"[18]

Criticism

VDM's business practices were criticized in a November 2009 article in the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, which described them as controversial and bordering on deception. The paper faulted VDM for not disclosing that the books it was publishing were academic dissertations; for publishing mediocre works that received just a barely passing grade; and for charging high prices.[19]

The American writer Victoria Strauss has characterized VDM Publishing as “an academic author mill”.[20]

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Corporate response

In an 2009 interview published on the VDM website, Wolfgang Philipp Müller, CEO, defended the use of these methods arguing that while the practice of solicitation is frowned upon by "distinguished publishing", VDM's customers are 'totally satisfied" with its' services.

The Alphascript Publishing website provides an excerpt of what they claim to be an unpublished August 2009 interview, edited by Alison Flood, for the British newspaper The Guardian, which contains the following exchange:

Q: …do all of Alphascript’s books take their content from Wikipedia?
Alphascript: Yes, since we believe that the quality of the Wikipedia-articles is so good that it is worthwhile creating books with them. Wikipedia themselves give an impulse for this. The articles published on their sites are free in every respect and without any limitations as to further use. All authors participating in texts of Wikipedia know this or should at least know it. [...]

Q: If so, shouldn’t this be made clear in the product description?
Alphascript: It is pointed out in every Alphascript book that contents are Wikipedia articles. Do we now have to write in Amazon-books: “Attention! Books contains Wikipedia!”?
Then other publishing houses would have to point out in their books: “Attention! Book contains nonsense!”, or: “Attention! Book has only sex-scenario!”[21]

See also

References

  1. ^ "VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K. Unternehmensprofil 2007" (in German) (PDF). Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing. 2007-08-09. Archived from the original on 2010-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/5nhvKQG5X. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "VDM Verlag Dr. Müller e.K. Company Profile 2007 version" (PDF). Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing. 2007-08-09. Archived from the original on 2010-02-21. http://www.webcitation.org/5nhodkTUt. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  3. ^ a b "VDM Group Corporate Profile 2009 version" (PDF). Saarbrücken: VDM Publishing. 2009-09-25. Archived from the original on 2010-02-20. http://www.webcitation.org/5nhJkhxA3. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  4. ^ "vdm-publishing.com - Traffic Details from Alexa". Alexa Internet, Inc. http://www.alexa.com/siteinfo/vdm-publishing.com. Retrieved 2010-02-12. 
  5. ^ BuchMarkt: VDM geht mit neuer Tochtergesellschaft nach Moldavien
  6. ^ 16.07.2008 VDM zu Besuch bei Lightning Source, UK
  7. ^ "VDM Verlag erweitert sein Angebot kostenloser Buchveröffentlichungen mit ISBN" (in German). Germany: Offenes-Presseportal.de. 2007-06-08. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. http://www.webcitation.org/5nrizNw5L. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  8. ^ "Pressemitteilungen: Norderstedt, 12. April 2007, VDM und BoD starten Kooperation" (in German). Norderstedt: bod.ch. 2007-04-12. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. http://www.webcitation.org/5nrbEkTgh. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  9. ^ a b http://www.vdm-publishing.com/
  10. ^ Corporate website.
  11. ^ a b http://www.alphascript-publishing.com/index.php?&act=nav&nav=10054
  12. ^ Buchreport : Neuester Verlag der VDM Gruppe
  13. ^ "Neuer Imprint-Verlag von VDM Verlag: FastbookPublishing" (in German). Germany: buchreport.de. 2009-10-21. Archived from the original on 2010-02-26. http://www.webcitation.org/5nqShNpkv. Retrieved 2010-02-27. 
  14. ^ Alphascript philosophy
  15. ^ The Wikipedia ecosystem expands (or: The Good, the Bad & the Ugly)
  16. ^ "Betascript Publishing website". http://www.betascript-publishing.com/index.php?&act=nav&nav=10039. Retrieved 2010-02-10. 
  17. ^ See Amazon.com advanced search for author: "Frederic P. Miller, Agnes F. Vandome, and John McBrewster"
  18. ^ http://www.vdm-publishing.com/index.php?&act=nav&:nav=10060
  19. ^ Die grosse Geldmacherei mit Diplomarbeiten
  20. ^ Strauss, Victoria (2009-09-14). "VDM Verlag Dr. Mueller". SFWA. Archived from the original on 2010-02-27. http://www.webcitation.org/5nrlwfVlh. Retrieved 2010-02-10.  and Writer Beware Blog Official Blog of Writer Beware
  21. ^ Press Comments that contains an excerpt of questions and answers

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