Bib No. 388 – TABLE TENNIS BOOK FOR ANY LEVEL TABLE TENNIS PLAYER
Author : Unknown
Year of Publication : 2020
Cover : Soft Cover
Pages : 276 approx
Source : BH No.352
Publisher : Amazon
Printer : Printed by Amazon, Great Britain
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Comments : The Amazon website was a little vague as to who was the author of this book and having acquired a copy I can see why. It is because the authors name does not appear on front or rear covers, nor in the frontispiece. Neither does the date of publication appear anywhere. However by scouring the pages it is a simple enough matter to deduce that the author is Larry Hodges. The content of the book is helpful, thorough and interesting. Photographs are plentiful and useful, but perhaps a more modern cover photo could have been used rather than the Gatien one of 25 years ago. I would have preferred the pages to have been numbered and although the ‘Table of Contents’ list shows a section ‘About the Author’, mine is missing. I enjoyed the book, but the lack of some of the finishing detail was a disappointment. Since writing this I have discovered that this book is plagiarised by an unknown person. I repeat therefore my warning note that shows on my home page.
You may be aware of the new publication that I picture above. I bought this book in good faith, through Amazon, in January 2021. There is no author’s name shown on the cover, there are no page numbers shown, there is no Title page inside, no frontispiece and although the index shows there is a concluding section on notes ‘About the Author’ but in fact that section does not exist in the book. From the notes in the very first section you might be led to believe the book is by the respected USA coach Larry Hodges. You would be wrong. Larry tells me that the book is ‘plagiarised’ from his original excellent book of 2013 ‘Table Tennis Tactics for Thinkers’. Amazon has eventually responded by suspending this book from it’s Titles. If you are inclined to buy this book, I would suggest you reconsider and ensure you purchase the original book by Larry. I am afraid this is the first Table Tennis book to have suffered this fate, but I have no doubt that there are many other Titles about when unscrupulous people are taking advantage of the Amazon self publishing services.