Joined: 09 Jul 06
13 Aug 13 5:29 am
My favourite recipe book is a collection of recipes from old old old recipe books. The reason it's OK is because the author has added her own stories into it, her own comments on the recipes, her own tips and variations. That's added value. (And incidentally here's the book
if you want to learn how to make a mean Louise Cake.]
If I paid good money for a book that was just a bunch of quotes from forums around the internet without any original discussion / commentary / curator's notes or anything else that added value.... I would be pretty annoyed, and I would probably ask for a refund.
If you're not too good at writing, this is when you outsource. You could point the writer you hire in the general direction of the forum posts you're talking about and suggest them as good places to start research.
Copying directly... it's too brazen. Not so much because it'll annoy the writers of the forum posts, but if the readers figure it out, they'll be peeved.