The 5 Steps of Intelligent Proofreading

By Jon Jermey
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 [...]

Breaking News: E-Books Rife with Typos … Film at Eleven

By Chris Meadows
October 31, 2012 // 7 Comments

On The Verge, new e-book reader Laura June comes to the same realization as quite a few of her forebears (including me) over the last few years: in emphasized orange all-capital header-sized letters: “e-books are apparently lousy with typos.” She brings up the example of Umberto Eco’s [...]

Traditional publishers should learn from self-publishers

By Chris Meadows
February 10, 2012 // 8 Comments

Does self-publishing represent a threat to traditional publishers, or perhaps an opportunity? A number of people in the publishing industry seem dismissive of self-publishing writers or their numbers. But Philip Jones of FutureBook thinks that this is a mistake. He notes that readers who buy cheap [...]

Apple issues corrected version of Steve Jobs biography iBook

By Chris Meadows
October 26, 2011 // 1 Comment

I’m not sure whether you can really call this “ironic”, as misused as that word often is, but it’s certainly amusing. Apple has notified some purchasers of the Steve Jobs biography e-book on iBooks that they should delete the current version and download a new version at no charge, Macworld [...]

Corrected version of Pratchett’s “Snuff” issued by Amazon

By Paul Biba
October 18, 2011 // 1 Comment

We had previously reported about HarperCollins shameful release of this ebook, which they clearly had not bothered to proofread.  This afternoon I received the following email from Amazon about its replacement.  I don’t know if other formats have been replaced as well. Hello, We are happy [...]

Amazon retroactively replaces Reamde, repelled readers revolt

By Chris Meadows
September 30, 2011 // 11 Comments

Amazon remade its Kindle edition of Neal Stephenson’s new novel Reamde, and is now getting reamed by disgruntled readers, GalleyCat and CNet report. The e-book had been pulled from the Kindle store on Tuesday, and today customers who had bought it received a cryptic (and ungrammatical) email from [...]

Embarrassing e-book typo proves ‘shift’ happens

By libertyc
September 13, 2011 // 7 Comments

I had thought that I wouldn’t find an e-book typo more hilarious than “the next Jew chapters” or “arroz con polio” from the Young Wizards series. But The Guardian Books blog has found what may very well be one of the greatest typos of all time, in Susan Andersen’s novel Baby, I’m [...]

Typos endemic to the e-book publishing process

By Chris Meadows
August 23, 2011 // 9 Comments

Publishing Perspectives has a brief piece on the error-ridden nature of many e-books, especially those of older pre-digital-publication titles. It explains why and how these errors manage to creep in—the different number of digital formats that all need to be corrected, and the age of the source [...]

The changing face of editing

By Rich Adin
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 [...]

E-books: Quantity over quality?

By Chris Meadows
July 31, 2011 // 1 Comment

On The Next Great Generation, Julia Dawidowicz discusses her experience with e-book reading. She starts with her relationship with paper books, both as reading material and as physical artifacts. (It seems quite a few people can’t seem to divorce the word from the material it’s written on, and [...]

Ebook error problem: just how bad is it?

By Joanna Cabot
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 [...]

Diane Duane discusses revisions to early Young Wizards novels

By Chris Meadows
May 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

I mentioned earlier that Diane Duane in the process of rewriting her earlier Young Wizards novels to take into effect advances in technology that have occurred since they were first written. Duane has made a post to her blog going into more detail about the process, and the reasoning behind it. [...]

Is desktop publishing eroding grammar and spelling?

By Chris Meadows
May 7, 2011 // 0 Comments

English teachers and other grammarians have long complained about the prevalence of texting abbreviations causing a corruption in the grammar of our youth. But I think there may be a more pressing new-media threat to proper grammar: desktop publishing. Think about it. In the old days, when you [...]

Zappos uses Mechanical Turk to proofread five million product reviews

By Chris Meadows
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, [...]

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