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1.0 out of 5 stars I will be returning this, July 10, 2011
This review is from: Introduction to Apparel Manufacturing: Apparel Manufacturing (Paperback)
The book is a mashup of things found on the web, material from other books, and original work. There is an apocryphal quote frequently attributed to Samuel Johnson that summarizes it: "[The] manuscript is both good and original; but the parts that are good are not original, and the parts that are original are not good." The first sign that alerted me to the possibility that this material had been lifted from somewhere else is the fact that the style changes drastically from one section to another. Compare, for example, this section: "The form of the fabric and whether it is symmetrical or directional determines the appropriate type of the marker for a style..." to this bullet list:

"*Marker planning: The more be made marker, the more probability to get marker efficiency.

"*Size of the garments: the more no of pattern sizes are include, the more probability to get marker efficiency.

"*Marker length: For higher marker length, higher marker efficiency and production of cutting room can be got.

"*Fabric characteristics: In symmetrical fabric return same as in all direction. Here efficiency increased."

Two authors, right? And the second is not a native speaker of English. Once you are alerted to the possibility that some of the material is not original, it is easy to find some of it on websites much older than this book.

Indeed, I saw that material had been copied without attribution from Kunz & Glock, Apparel Manufacturing Sewn Product Analysis; Latham & Carr, The Technology of Clothing Manufacture; and Cooklin, Introduction to Clothing Manufacture. Chapter 10 is a bulletin from American and Efird, presented without attribution (and available for free -- a lot less than $0.58/page!). Page 64 is identical to material found on a website which may also be copied from somewhere else, but it's a year older than this book. I'm sure there are other sources, but the pattern is obvious and enough to give me pause about the originality of almost everything in this book, except for the unreadable parts.

The book's description says it is 160 pages. The text stops on 134. This is followed by a glossary that is -- wait for it! -- copied from the Internet (it seems every half-baked fashion website already has a copy of it, with minor variations here and there). Then there is a bibliography that includes some but not all of the sources noted above; these are never attributed in the text that I could find. This ends on p. 142 and is followed by blank pages and advertisements for the publisher. Even allowing for all of that, I get 159.

I am sure that the author's English is better than my command of his language. I could even, without further research, grant that maybe his academic culture (Bangladesh) does not teach attribution the way I am used to seeing it done. But that leaves me with the simple conclusion that there are other, better sources for this material, and those can be had at much better prices. Free in some cases.
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