OMICS Group FTC Probe?


OMICS Group.  Who? 

Talk about trying to snag a goldfish when several bloated carp are available for easy netting.  The FTC has cited an educational publisher, The OMICS Group, for deceptive practices.  Purportedly, this company misrepresented its services to scholars.  The FTC argument contends that OMICS, and a couple of its subsidiaries, charged steep fees for assuring authors of academic works that their materials would be republished in reputable journals. 
 
Move this business model an inch either way.  Doesn’t this seem rather like the claims made by Publish America (now Star)?  And as well as virtually all of the various self-publishing houses that intimate immediate exposure for their clients/authors?

One common claim made by vanity presses intimates the value of placing book titles with Ingram and Baker & Taylor–when in truth neither firm sells books.  And don’t most vanity imprints tout the value of buying a Kirkus Review?  Oh, and at highly inflated fees?  Rates often ten times what Kirkus charges for the same “service”?  I find a Kirkus Review a complete waste of money for most authors, even when charged at the firm’s rate of around $400.

Then there’s the offer by vanity presses to place an ad for a writer’s work in a trade journal.  Once again this occurs at a highly elevated price beyond the ad rate.  And no disclosure is made that readers of this sort of insider journal don’t source books to publish through ads, and certainly not from an unknown author.  

As for the FTC, it currently applies many intellectual property statutes from 1914.  That’s not a misprint, as a lot of the laws are more than a century old.  My personal experience with this government entity, as a watchdog, is that it’s no better than the BBB when it comes to protecting consumers.  Now the FTC appears to be going after small fry when carp remain abundant as ever.

 

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