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Diane Duane discusses revisions to early Young Wizards novels
May 30, 2011 | 12:35 pm

SYW_Millennium_Cover_Rough_SmallI mentioned earlier that Diane Duane in the process of rewriting her earlier Young Wizards novels to take into effect advances in technology that have occurred since they were first written. Duane has made a post to her blog going into more detail about the process, and the reasoning behind it. Naturally, when you're talking about a series as well-loved as Young Wizards, the idea of having it be revised and updated can give some fans a sinking sensation. There's a certain mentality of "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," and I think anybody can understand that. But...

Is desktop publishing eroding grammar and spelling?
May 7, 2011 | 5:48 pm

img_0888English teachers and other grammarians have long complained about the prevalence of texting abbreviations causing a corruption in the grammar of our youth. But I think there may be a more pressing new-media threat to proper grammar: desktop publishing. Think about it. In the old days, when you wanted to put a “No admittance” or “Authorized personnel only” sign up, you had to pay a fairly large sum of money to have it fabricated. When you were paying that much money, and getting a permanent artifact in return, you (and the artifact makers) would make damned sure that everything...

Zappos uses Mechanical Turk to proofread five million product reviews
April 28, 2011 | 12:51 am

zappos-logoI’ve talked about scan-induced typo problems in e-books before. For whatever reason, a lot of publishers don’t seem to have the manpower to devote to making sure their scanned e-books properly mirror the quality of their printed books. But they could take a lesson from on-line retailer Zappos, who determined that having higher-quality reviews of products on their site led to more sales of those products. So Zappos used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk system of distributed low-cost labor to examine and edit five million reviews on their site, having the Turk workers correct spelling and grammar errors they found while...

Young Wizards e-book errors to be fixed by publisher, thanks to reader feedback
March 30, 2011 | 12:26 pm

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...

Publishers in danger of losing hearts and minds of readers
March 20, 2011 | 8:27 pm

seenoevilI’ve posted a number of stories over the last few days about increasing consumer disillusionment (including my own) with publishers and their e-book strategies. On the Booku blog “The Smell of Books”, writer/editor Joel Blacklock has been noticing some of the same things, and is wondering if they mean that publishers are losing the hearts and minds of readers. Blacklock excerpts a couple of not-terribly-well-thought-out blog posts accusing publishers of profiteering and of intentionally incorporating errors into e-book editions “because they don’t like them.” He also brings up Amanda Hocking’s comment (which I mentioned the other day) that a...

Ongoing publisher inattention to e-book quality is highly annoying
March 13, 2011 | 8:35 pm

NookReview 012 Update: Diane Duane has written an interesting piece in response, that I will cover in full when I have time. I was going to bring this up in my review of the Nook Reader app, but realized that doing so would be putting the blame in the wrong place. When I was reading the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane on the Nook Reader, I ran into this particularly egregious typo in the first chapter of So You Want to Be a Wizard. “The reader is invited to examine the next Jew chapters…” And it was not the last. Characters might enjoy meals...

On fixing (or not) Kindle e-book typos
April 19, 2010 | 7:41 pm

kindle2a-thumb[1] Steven Levy at Wired talks about the experience of finding a typo on the title page of a Kindle book. A book entitled I, Sniper opened up on his Kindle as I, Snipper. Levy emailed a friend of his who worked at the publisher about it, and his friend told him that the book was being corrected both for people who had and had not already purchased it. However, Levy found that it hadn’t been corrected for him—and when he contacted Amazon about it, the Amazon representative told him that Amazon had a policy of not correcting works...