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DrPhipper
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Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

I recently purchased Flight of the Intruder by Stephen Coonts, and I am finding many spelling mistakes throughout just the first 8 chapters. Words like "the" are misspelled as "die", while words like "this" are spelled as "theim". This is my first eBook that I have purchased and I am just curious if it is common to have mistakes as these in most eBooks, or if it is just the author or publishers fault.

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Darkkin
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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

Some of it depends on the source of the eBook.  The Google free titles can be atrocious, but for the most part I haven't had any major issues.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

Where did you buy it from?

 

If you bought it from B&N, call Customer Service at 1-800-THE-BOOK (1-800-843-2665), option 2 for Digital Support. They can check it out and let the publisher know if the e-book needs fixing.

 

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LarryOnLI
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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

This sounds like a poor eBook conversion.

 

Specifically this book was probably scanned and OCR'd with little or no proof reading.

 

I would definitely complain to the publisher of the book with a CC to B&N letting them know about the errors.

 

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ABthree
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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

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@DrPhipper

 

Generally, it's the publisher's fault.

 

If a book was originally typeset digitally, that electronic file is usually converted to generate the eBook.  Some errors can creep in during the conversion process, and of course, any typos in the original are still there.  I'm currently re-reading the Wheel of Time series, and "horse" sometimes comes out "house", and similar errors that need to be interpreted from the context.  Errors are few, though.

 

If a book is older and was typeset through an analog process, the actual text is scanned into a computer file, then interpreted through OCR software.  This process creates a lot more errors, and requires tight proofreading to get the text right.

 

Flight of the Intruder is six years old.  I would have thought that was recent enough for a native electronic file to exist, but the kind of errors in your example are typical of uneditied OCR output.

 

You'll probably find fewer errors in future e-books, but I have yet to read one from a commercial publisher that was entirely error-free.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

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"I'm currently re-reading the Wheel of Time series"

 

Great Minds Read Alike! And am on ch. 52 Book 1

Love that Series.

 

Wheel of Time on the Nook!

 

And yep find an occasional mis-type every once in awhile.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

@orb9220

 

Nice pic!

 

There a a few of us on here -- check out JdiennoPSU's signature.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

 


orb9220 wrote:

"I'm currently re-reading the Wheel of Time series"

 

Great Minds Read Alike! And am on ch. 52 Book 1

Love that Series.

 

Wheel of Time on the Nook!

 

And yep find an occasional mis-type every once in awhile.

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I remember that chapter!!

 

“Lightning, Rand. I was looking right at the window when it hit the bars. Lightning... ”

 

Great Great chapter! Mat is my favorite character of all time (just look at my signature)!

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

Yep always go back to the series every 3-5 yrs. or so.

When I want to be immersed into a detailed world of wonder

for a couple of months.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

I don't get it....

 

2006 books were almost certainly written in electronic form, and the publisher would still have the digital galleys.  Scanning errors in such a recent book is almost certainly out of the question simply because it was not likely ever scanned.

 

Unless Coonts had a spat with the original publisher and had to step back to his earlier manuscript (because publishers retained rights to their work) there should be no reason this wouldn't be a letter for letter replicate of the printed page.

 

 

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

@icebike

 

That was my thinking, too.  This book shouldn't be showing this level of errors, but apparently it is.  Another imponderable, I guess.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

 


icebike wrote:

I don't get it....

 

2006 books were almost certainly written in electronic form, and the publisher would still have the digital galleys.  Scanning errors in such a recent book is almost certainly out of the question simply because it was not likely ever scanned.

 

Unless Coonts had a spat with the original publisher and had to step back to his earlier manuscript (because publishers retained rights to their work) there should be no reason this wouldn't be a letter for letter replicate of the printed page.

 

 


 

 

I would not be surprised if the digital files had not been retained. They might have been considered an intermediate stage in the process and deleted after publication.

 

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

[ Edited ]

 


LarryOnLI wrote:

 


icebike wrote:

I don't get it....

 

2006 books were almost certainly written in electronic form, and the publisher would still have the digital galleys.  Scanning errors in such a recent book is almost certainly out of the question simply because it was not likely ever scanned.

 

Unless Coonts had a spat with the original publisher and had to step back to his earlier manuscript (because publishers retained rights to their work) there should be no reason this wouldn't be a letter for letter replicate of the printed page.

 

 


 

 

I would not be surprised if the digital files had not been retained. They might have been considered an intermediate stage in the process and deleted after publication.

 


 

 

That's plausible.  Flight of the Intruder was probably initially set up in late 2005 or early 2006.  Once the publisher had the paper and glue version, they had the product as far as they were concerned. 

 

The Kindle wasn't introduced until late 2007, the eBook market began to take off,  and suddenly the intermediate files had a new value.

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Re: Several spelling mistakes in my eBook.

I've been reading Nook books since the Nook first came out, and mistakes are still a problem, even in newer books.  Not just spelling, but many punctuation errors.  Plus, in most books sections that are supposed to be spaced apart are just run together.  That's the case in the one I'm reading now.   I've checked the printed versions and they are correct.  It makes reading very confusing at times.

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