From WikiSummaries, free book summaries
This project seems to duplicate the mandate of WikiBooks. Although, given my personal experience with WikiBooks, they have a very ridged view of what's allowed and what is not. What was the reason for creating this versus WikiBooks? -- 18.104.22.168 11:39, 13 April 2007 (EDT)
- Whereas WikiBooks is for free full text "books", WikiSummaries provides summaries of popular and classic books (and documents, etc.). --Admin 13:16, 13 April 2007 (EDT)
I agree that WikiBooks and WikiSummaries are different projects. I wanted to point out that the current text on WikiSummaries' pages would be more appropriately called "WikiReviews" as the sentences are in the users' words and not the book authors'. Hence, if one wants, one could summarize book in one's words, but for a book's "Summary" it should be mainly taken in Author's words by quoting sentences leading to a book's summary / collection of main thoughts and quotes providing a good overview of what is in the book and the style of language used. If collected appropriately, they won't appear odd without context. This should not have any copyright issues either if we have a word limit / % text quotes used limit. BTW, though Summary.com folks write a review, they call it executive summary. If our Wiki-folks agree, please define the project and guidelines accordingly so documents would be more appropriate reflections. Regards, -22.214.171.124 at 08.20 May 24, 2008 (PDT)
- Hi ... I have to agree with the comment above. The small number of entries I've sampled are more like reviews or "book reports" than a summary.
- I also reckon that some kind of style sheet is needed. For example an Executive Summary at the top would be a good idea (before the table of contents).
Cheers, aplatypus (23:20 06-Dec-2008 AEST)
Would have to disagree with the above. A review is a critical, opinion-based piece. Summaries, at least in my vocabulary, confers exactly what is located here.--Cyclopse 15:02, 19 February 2009 (PST)
This is a great wiki with a great idea, I love it!
Summary of foreign books
Hi! I'm new in this wiki and I wonder: Is WikiSummaries dedicated only to English literature, or is it also about other literatures? For I would be able to contribute also for other literatures...--Galaxia 08:30, 10 December 2008 (PST)
Hey, I'm currently learning how to develop for iPhone applications, and I think a great project would be to make a book summaries app. Would any members of the community have any objections to using content from this website in the application? The app will be free.
Just wanted to see if people would be happy with this. As I understand it, the GNU license allows reuse of the content for non-commercial purposes, right?
Thanks, Sam Whitehall
Vandalism of WikiSummaries
As far as I understand the situation, this site is being revisited at intervals by a madman called Dereck (I actually typed 'Dreck' just then - quite appropriate) who is reverting vast tracts of stuff. It's very sad. And so is Dereck, who should seek professional help.
WikiSummaries available to edit (again?)
For some months it hasn't seemed possible to edit WS. Today I find it is possible. Perhaps I was doing something stupid before, or perhaps I wasn't doing something necessary. But others have thought the same at various times.
Anyway, I now have no excuse for failing to complete my own summary.