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Art of Homesteading: A Beginner’s Guide to Self-Sufficiency, Learn mini Farming Techniques and How to Raise Chickens in your Backyard and Grow your own ... and Healthy Food (Hydroponics Gardening) Kindle Edition
- ASIN : B088184BVY
- Publication date : May 2, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2221 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 89 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #932,953 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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At first glance, the book feels like an opinion piece written by a high schooler to convince a reader who has never seen meat or vegetables outside of a grocery store of the benefits of growing your own. The typos, mostly subject-verb agreements and inappropriate punctuation, break your flow as a reader often enough to make you wonder what each paragraph is trying to convey. As you progress through the history section of the introductory chapter, already wincing with each paragraph, you notice that many of the issues you have encountered thus far are due to obvious copy-paste errors. It is at this point that the possibility of plagiarism enters your mind and that I put the book down
While I did find some useful information upon completing the book 30 minutes later, much of it appears to be copied directly from the works in the Reference list. For example, at least half of Chapter 5.1: Guide to Raising Chickens is taken directly from a Farmer's Almanac article, to include the text "Here's how to build a chicken coop in your backyard," which is a link to another article on their website. In addition, Chapter 7.1: Guide to Raising Goats is, with minimal words exchanged, near identical to an article on TheSpruce.com written by Lauren Arcuri.
At best this is sloppy editing and a lack of understanding of how to properly cite sources; at worst it is blatant plagiarism. You can decide for yourself, but neither belong in a book on a store shelf.
The greatest weakness in the book is its lack of editing. In some areas the book gets confusing by starting a paragraph on one subject, going to another subject and then returning to the original. There are grammatical errors as well. Overall though, it is quite informative and inspiring.