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TJCams
06-03-2013, 09:31 PM
The reason I ask, is I am just over half-way through The Stickmen by Edward Lee on my Kobo. I have noticed quite a few errors in the formatting. Sometimes it is a few words repeated in a sentence. I will make up an example: (The dog ran after ran after the stick.)

This also happened in a few other e-books I have read. One of them was a CD e-book, although I can't remember which one.

It seems that every time I have noticed it, it was likely an e-book that was originally a print edition only????

Dan Hocker
06-03-2013, 09:42 PM
The reason I ask, is I am just over half-way through The Stickmen by Edward Lee on my Kobo. I have noticed quite a few errors in the formatting. Sometimes it is a few words repeated in a sentence. I will make up an example: (The dog ran after ran after the stick.)

This also happened in a few other e-books I have read. One of them was a CD e-book, although I can't remember which one.

It seems that every time I have noticed it, it was likely an e-book that was originally a print edition only????

Well it really depends. Our earlier eBooks had a lot more errors than our current ones as they go through a much more extensive proofreading and copy editing process now. With our eBooks a lot of our errors come from scanning. A lot of our older books the authors don't have digital manuscripts for, so we have to have them scanned, which sometimes can be a big pain in the butt.

With the big publishers they might not go through the same level of proofreading or get proofread seprately so things may be missed in one and not the other. For all intensive purposes a eBook is just a web page collected into a single archive file. So the process from going from a word document to say a eBook vs. going from a word document to print is actually a lot different.

TJCams
06-04-2013, 01:16 PM
OK, was just curious. Some of the errors I have come across in the last 2 e-books (not CD ones :) ) have stood out to the point where you have to re-read sometimes an entire sentence for it to make sense, or to figure out the context of it. It can ruin the flow at times.

Dan Hocker
06-04-2013, 02:36 PM
OK, was just curious. Some of the errors I have come across in the last 2 e-books (not CD ones :) ) have stood out to the point where you have to re-read sometimes an entire sentence for it to make sense, or to figure out the context of it. It can ruin the flow at times.

Yea I have seen a surprising amount of errors in the big publishers eBooks over the past couple years. I think the eBooks just don't get as much attention during the proofreading process. Though for all I know those errors could be in the print editions as well.

bookworm 1
06-05-2013, 01:49 AM
Yes I noticed in Little Things 2 stories repeat one after the other at first I thought they were different drafts of the same story. As I continued to read I came to the conclusion that the stories were the same but something went wrong during the production of the book.
Well it really depends. Our earlier eBooks had a lot more errors than our current ones as they go through a much more extensive proofreading and copy editing process now. With our eBooks a lot of our errors come from scanning. A lot of our older books the authors don't have digital manuscripts for, so we have to have them scanned, which sometimes can be a big pain in the butt.

With the big publishers they might not go through the same level of proofreading or get proofread seprately so things may be missed in one and not the other. For all intensive purposes a eBook is just a web page collected into a single archive file. So the process from going from a word document to say a eBook vs. going from a word document to print is actually a lot different.

Dan Hocker
06-05-2013, 02:50 AM
Yes I noticed in Little Things 2 stories repeat one after the other at first I thought they were different drafts of the same story. As I continued to read I came to the conclusion that the stories were the same but something went wrong during the production of the book.

Yep, can you send me an email with which story it was so I can see if it's something we've fixed already or not

bookworm 1
06-06-2013, 09:41 PM
Just sent you an email. Actually there were 3 stories that repeated.
Yep, can you send me an email with which story it was so I can see if it's something we've fixed already or not

Brian James Freeman
06-12-2013, 08:39 PM
Just sent you an email. Actually there were 3 stories that repeated.

Bonus content! ;)

bookworm 1
06-17-2013, 12:24 AM
That is what I thought at first. :p. No I thought after a bit that they were different versions but they were not