Morning Roundup: Tips for proofreaders; Chinese piracy; public domain artwork; and more

By libertyc
August 23, 2013 // 0 Comments

Proofreaders-to-Be: Loving Books Isn’t Enough (Louise Harnby) I recently received a phone call from someone thinking about a career in proofreading. “I just wondered if you could spare five minutes to tell me how to go about starting a proofreading business.” * * * Piracy a Major Threat [...]

What Are Your Book Dealbreakers?

By libertyc
July 31, 2013 // 3 Comments

The always-fun folks at Book Riot have done another great poll—this time on book ‘dealbreakers.’ As the article explains: “Let’s say you’re reading a book. It’s pretty good. You’re basking in that glowy feeling that comes when you find something new to read that you [...]

Morning Links — Proofreading tips for self-publishers

By libertyc
February 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Ten Proofreading Tips for Self-Publishers (Media Shift) McGraw-Hill Digital Learning Tools Released for Canadian Students (Good e-Reader) Buy a Nook HD+, Get a $50 Gift Card (The Digital Reader) How Some Authors Buy Spots on Bestseller Lists (Media Bistro) Kindle Daily Deals: Dead Asleep by [...]

The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By libertyc
December 21, 2012 // 3 Comments

Over the years I’ve scanned and OCR’ed many printed books into electronic form for Gutenberg Australia—most of the Edgar Wallace collection there is my work, for instance—and during that time it’s become clear that not all typos are equal. After awhile, in fact, it became possible for me [...]

The changing face of editing

By libertyc
August 1, 2011 // 5 Comments

At one time in my career as an editor my function was crystal clear: everyone understood and agreed on the role a copyeditor played in the publishing business. But as the years have passed and the traditional publishing industry has consolidated into six megacorporations whose decisions are made [...]

Ebook error problem: just how bad is it?

By libertyc
July 28, 2011 // 10 Comments

I posted earlier about some problems I have been having recently with error-filled ebooks—I am not talking about major editing-process errors, rather, I am talking about typos and formatting glitches resulting from unproofed conversions. People used to complain about these at times before [...]

Why ebooks are riddled with typos

By Chris Walters
July 18, 2011 // 2 Comments

The short (somewhat obvious) answer, aside from errors introduced by OCR: because publishers cut corners by laying off proofreaders and copy editors, then rush the manuscripts out too quickly for their skeleton crews to catch gaffes. At least that’s what one editor confessed to Virginia [...]

On Words & eBooks: Will We Never Learn?

By libertyc
July 12, 2011 // 6 Comments

I no sooner published On Words & eBooks: What Does It Take?, my last article lamenting authors ignoring the need for professional editing before offering their ebooks for sale to the reading public, when, lo and behold, along comes yet another glaring example of poor editing: Walker’s [...]

Zappos uses Mechanical Turk to proofread five million product reviews

By libertyc
April 28, 2011 // 0 Comments

I’ve talked about scan-induced typo problems in e-books before. For whatever reason, a lot of publishers don’t seem to have the manpower to devote to making sure their scanned e-books properly mirror the quality of their printed books. But they could take a lesson from on-line retailer Zappos, [...]

Young Wizards e-book errors to be fixed by publisher, thanks to reader feedback

By libertyc
March 30, 2011 // 15 Comments

Diane Duane has posted an update to her blog on the error correction issue with Young Wizards e-books. She contacted her editor, who contacted the digital editions department at her publisher, and she’s received a response from them that they have developed a new error-correction process that [...]

Diane Duane on e-book self-publishing and quality

By libertyc
March 15, 2011 // 5 Comments

On her blog “Out of Ambit”, Diane Duane has written a post partly in response to my e-book quality rant of the other day, talking about her own experiences preparing new editions of some of her e-books. Duane had been using Smashwords to distribute her Middle Kingdoms series, and had no [...]

Ongoing publisher inattention to e-book quality is highly annoying

By libertyc
March 13, 2011 // 25 Comments

Update: Diane Duane has written an interesting piece in response, that I will cover in full when I have time. I was going to bring this up in my review of the Nook Reader app, but realized that doing so would be putting the blame in the wrong place. When I was reading the Young Wizards series by [...]

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