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 looks specifically for commonly-occurring OCR errors and eliminates them at the XML level (so that corrected e-books can be generated in multiple formats from the new source material.). They would like to run the books through this process. Then, Diane can go back through and look to see what errors still exist, which will help them make their error-checking script better.
Naturally, Duane said yes. The process should take about two months to complete. Though the post doesn’t mention this, I hope and expect it will eventually result in the versions of the books that reside in the cloud at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and other places being replaced with corrected editions that those who’ve bought them can re-download at no extra charge.
One other thing that Duane mentions:
I gather from the interchange of emails on which I was “copied-in” that customer feedback is one of the factors that has been driving the development of these extra layers of error-checking. So, those of you who have been writing directly to publishers about these issues — keep doing it! It’s having an effect.
I’d also like to make the suggestion that Diane might want to have some other readers double-check for errors, just to make sure they all get caught. I know it can be hard to reread your own work looking for that sort of thing.
Anyway, kudos to Diane Duane and the publisher for going ahead to fix the errors, and the readers for writing in to complain!