Here in Vacationland I’ve been reading tons of books, mostly on my new Kindle. The device is good when I’m traveling because it’s easy to pack. I also like that it’s backlit and that I can increase the type size as my sight continues to diminish. So, I like the Kindle although I still love real books more.

But one thing puzzles me. There are lots of misprints in the text. I think they are misprints, certainly there are words spelled wrong. Sometimes the words I see are so strange I can’t make them out. I estimate I see one of these whoppers every ten pages.

Is there something in the e-book process that they still need to work out? Do they procuce texts for e-books in a different way than paper books?

Can anyone out there help me understand why I see so many misprints?

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  1. Ben

    yes, it’s frustrating.


    July 13th, 2014 3:38 pm

  2. CohnZohn

    Thanks for the link, Ben. They really need to clean up e-books, make them reach a certain standard.

    July 13th, 2014 4:29 pm

  3. parnell

    A more recent discussion from the Guardian UK site written by, of all people, Stephen Curry (probably pronounced Steven) points the finger at the absence of proofreading. Even if the conversion to an ebook is produced from the same file as the original printed book the Kindle presents the book in varying page sizes and some form of examination of the result would seem to be required.

    Curry’s complaints are mostly about hyphenation but the presence of typos could also be something as simple — and stupid — as typos appearing in the original digital file having been corrected in the final digital file before publishing the paper copy but the original, uncorrected file, being used to produce the ebook.


    July 13th, 2014 8:21 pm

  4. Jack Orion

    If you’re near an ocean, throw your Kindle in it. That will help.

    What are you reading this summer? i’m half-way done with Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries. It’s great, a huge Conan Doyle-Wilkie Collins type adventure set in 19th Century New Zealand.

    July 14th, 2014 5:58 am

  5. CohnZohn

    Jack Orion, I have read “Stoner” by John Williams, “A Month in the Country” by J.L. Carr, “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” by William Shirer, “The Gathering Storm” by Winston Churchill (I’m two-thirds through it), and “Forty Lashes Less One,” and “Mr. Majestyk” by Elmore Leonard.

    July 14th, 2014 9:22 am

  6. Albert Park

    Lowell, that’s a hell of a lot of books. You must not have to do your own driving. Or drinking.

    July 14th, 2014 4:07 pm

  7. John

    I’ve noticed that there’s a big difference between books written specifically as ebooks vs. dead tree books that have kindle versions.

    For dead tree books, Big New Releases seem to be fine. Books in circulation for a while that they’ve just copied/pasted seem to have a lot of ascii type errors, and books in the Public Domain that are free on kindle are are the worst.

    One thing I like better on Kindle are books with lots of End Notes, like “Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell” are easier to read than a codex because the notes are hyperlinked.

    July 17th, 2014 5:29 pm

  8. Streetglide

    Lowell, I realize you are on vacation, probably sitting on an isolated beach on the Yolo River in a Speedo reading “California Cabernet Review 1989.”

    But I gotta tell you, the new Niner stadium will go down as a disaster. It’s sterile, ugly, poorly shaped, has a huge noise problem with the overhead airlanes and is stuck in the middle of an amusement park. Add to the huge class differential between the wealthy and the uber-rich sitting on opposite sides of the field and it blows.

    If the Raiders moved to Kezar Stadium (please don’t laugh) and kept the ticket prices down, they would own the region and the Niners would be bankrupt in five years.

    July 18th, 2014 7:13 am

  9. Streetglide

    Shoot, I didn’t know they tore down the real Kezar and replaced it with a high-school-size joint. I was in Tokyo at the time, go figure. You don’t have to publish the above. But I’d love to see the Raiders be creative and kick this new Niner place into the gutter…

    July 18th, 2014 7:17 am

  10. MJ

    Hate to darken a bright vacation…but any chance on an apology to the 49ers/Santa Clara for the articles that were doubting their ability to get and build the stadium? Its done, ready, and in short order. I think a tip of the hat is in order.

    July 20th, 2014 3:21 pm

  11. Streetglide

    New stadium sucks on so many levels. No apology should be necessary from anyone…

    July 22nd, 2014 2:00 pm

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