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Old August 2 2011, 11:52 PM   #1
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Errors in eBooks

This is for those of you reading you Star Trek books as eBooks.

What I would like is if you could report any errors in the eBooks you are reading. I am fixing the eBooks I read after I am done. But there is a chance I could miss some errors. I will also post errors that I find in case others are doing the same.

Thanks.
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Old August 3 2011, 10:22 PM   #2
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Re: Errors in eBooks

I fix my hardcopy errors with Liquid Paper.
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Old August 4 2011, 12:49 AM   #3
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That's one thing I didn't think of. Please also include errors found in print editions as they probably are in the eBooks as well.
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Old August 10 2011, 01:06 AM   #4
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Re: Errors in eBooks

I just started reading Cast No Shadows by James Swallow in ePub (eBook) and I've found some errors.

Chapter 1
Cart-wright

Chapter 4
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Old August 10 2011, 10:04 AM   #5
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So what is wrong with wanting error free eBooks?
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Old August 10 2011, 10:06 AM   #6
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Re: Errors in eBooks

Whoops, I deleted because I thought "Do I want the argument?" but then Jwolf posted so I better put my post back so he doesn't look like he's talking to himself - my original post was:

Must make the piracy process a lot smoother having other people proof-reading before you upload. I think you must have brassballs as big as a planet, the way that you are so open using the same user name for both activities.
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Old August 10 2011, 10:07 AM   #7
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Re: Errors in eBooks

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So what is wrong with wanting error free eBooks?
Nothing, I have a problem with the way you steal income from the writers here by uploading their books to the internet as soon as they are released. I think it takes a special type of person to be, on the one hand, constantly complaining to authors about the QC in books and on the other, be involved in the process of piracy.

It's like that Chris Rock stand-up routine when he talked about neighbours who would steal your TV and the come around and say "so I hear you got robbed?".
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Old August 10 2011, 10:13 AM   #8
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Re: Errors in eBooks

JWolf wrote: View Post
I just started reading Cast No Shadows by James Swallow in ePub (eBook) and I've found some errors.

Chapter 1
Cart-wright

Chapter 4
Cart-wright
That goes to show that e-book conversions are all done automatically, without proof-reading. If a proper noun that is in no dictionary is syllabicated in the print version because it happens to be near a line break, the hyphen stays in the e-book. If all hyphens were eliminated automatically, we'd be having stuff like "tenyearold conflict" or "wellliked counsellor".

They need to hire proof readers, not just dump the print files into e-book format.
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Old August 10 2011, 01:23 PM   #9
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Re: Errors in eBooks

Not going to happen any time soon.

The more recent CSI books are better though, and they're also done by Pocket/S&S.
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Old August 10 2011, 02:01 PM   #10
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That goes to show that e-book conversions are all done automatically, without proof-reading. If a proper noun that is in no dictionary is syllabicated in the print version because it happens to be near a line break, the hyphen stays in the e-book. If all hyphens were eliminated automatically, we'd be having stuff like "tenyearold conflict" or "wellliked counsellor".
Or they just need competent layout people - that's why the soft hyphen exists (to say "you can put a hyphen here if it's at the end of a line, but otherwise don't").
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Old August 10 2011, 02:29 PM   #11
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Must make the piracy process a lot smoother having other people proof-reading before you upload. I think you must have brassballs as big as a planet, the way that you are so open using the same user name for both activities.
Wait, seriously? How do you know he's doing that?
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Old August 10 2011, 02:39 PM   #12
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Nothing, I have a problem with the way you steal income from the writers here by uploading their books to the internet as soon as they are released.
I'm of two minds here.......on the one hand, we should obviously support authors we enjoy so as to encourage them to write more.

However, the publishers make it almost impossible to do that anymore with how outrageous they price a lot of eBooks any more.....they basically gouge people who want to buy eBooks, sometimes charging several dollars more for the eBook copy, even though it clearly costs less. An example : I can buy the 4 book paperback set of A Song of Fire and Ice series for ~$20 @ Amazon. The publishers want $30 for the eBook version. Needless to say, that is complete and unadulterated rubbish and I flat out refuse to pay it. So, I bought the paperback version and downloaded and am reading the eBook version.

So, my wife and I both now buy whichever copy is cheaper, and if the hard copy is cheaper - which happens more and more now - then I go out and download the book and read it in eBook format anyway.

I refuse to allow the publishers to gouge me, but I also refuse to be a person who steals.....unfortunately because of the publishers greed, I'm forced to go this route than the more desired approach of just paying for the eBook at a reasonable price. I sincerely can't wait till most of the publishers either go bankrupt or are forced to adapt, scale back and provide eBooks at a reasonable price, not these outrageous ones that are prevalent right now.
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Old August 10 2011, 03:52 PM   #13
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Must make the piracy process a lot smoother having other people proof-reading before you upload. I think you must have brassballs as big as a planet, the way that you are so open using the same user name for both activities.
Wait, seriously? How do you know he's doing that?
I wondered the same exact thing. I'm not condoning the behavior and defending him or anything like that. I'm just saying, if he's uploading pirated ebooks to one of those slimy, low-down, thieving pirate sites, what the heck were you doing there to find out?

I'm sure there could be an innocent reason but it does look suspicious.
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Old August 10 2011, 04:12 PM   #14
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Jwolf is actually pretty well known in ereader circles, you don't have to go anywhere illegal to come across him - however, the membership of legal sites often overlaps with illegal ones. Someone who knows I am into Star Trek PM'd me a site (it's irrelevant what the site was, so no don't ask), I took a look and there he was.
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Old August 10 2011, 05:26 PM   #15
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Jwolf is actually pretty well known in ereader circles, you don't have to go anywhere illegal to come across him - however, the membership of legal sites often overlaps with illegal ones. Someone who knows I am into Star Trek PM'd me a site (it's irrelevant what the site was, so no don't ask), I took a look and there he was.
Like I said, perfectly logical, and innocent, explanation. Without that though, it did sound a little suspicious.

Still, someone somewhere was surfing illegal sites or they never would've found him to PM you the information.

Personally, I find it best to resist temptation if I steer clear of those sites.

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