Growing concerns with the flow of misinformation from electronic books

Kenzo Takahashi, Hideyuki Kanda, Shunsaku Mizushima

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In 2012, several kinds of electronic books (e-books) became available in Japan. Since several major book retailers launched e-book businesses, it is expected that e-books will become a popular source of information in the country. However, we are concerned that e-books may also be a source of misinformation. In examining 24 available materials published by anti-vaccinists, "atopy businesses", and "wellness maintenance" authors, each was found to contain inaccuracies or misinformation. Thus far, such information is only available in printed books. If these books are scanned and circulated, or published in e-book format, this misinformation may circulate rapidly as e-book devices are becoming popular, and, consequently, harm people's health. We think that it is important for the government to formulate ethical guidelines for the publishing e-books with due consideration to freedom of expression.

Original languageEnglish
Article numbere10
JournalJournal of medical Internet research
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Anti-vaccinists
  • Atopy business
  • E-book
  • Ethical guideline
  • Misinformation
  • Wellness maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Informatics

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