Q&A: Can you publish a book that simply serves as a compilation of ideas from various cited sources?
Question by RideTheLightning: Can you publish a book that simply serves as a compilation of ideas from various cited sources?
I’ve read a lot of informative literature lately from various topics. I think 90% of the value of a lot of these books can be summarized into a page or two. I would like to spread quality ideas by compiling a little collection of some of these ideas that have had a profound impact on the way I think.
I plan on making an ebook first and then publishing a printed version for the sake of readers’ convenience; profit is not a motive here. So long as I cite these sources, is it legal to “reveal” the major concepts and ideas presented in these books?
Answer by Gee, Really?
The general rule is that using one source for your book is called stealing. Using several sources is called research. Just be sure to cite your sources, and it’s well documented research.
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