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ARE ERRORS IMPORTANT IN E-BOOKS?
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Like it or not, I believe we’ll have less printed books and bookstores in the near future, but also we’ll have more and more self-published e-books and authors as well. People’s addiction increases when they are engaged with e-readers or I-pad. Well, what about spelling mistakes, formatting problems in eBooks? eBook prices decrease and they become more easily and freely downloadable through Kindle Store, Nook or Kobo. Unfortunately the grammatical quality of these books is not necessarily high. Do you think that digitization heightens errors in books? How can we tackle this situation?

Rise of crowd sourcing

Firstly, in this digital age, to blame computers due to errors are unfair. Mistakes occur because editors or publishers don’t want to put the same effort as they do in print editions, and so they don’t pay the utmost attention to what they produce. They may prepare eBooks as if it is a drudgery job. For instance; Olivia Snaije- the writer of publishing perspectives web site- realizes the errors when she read Lisa Alther’s novel Other Women, and she asked Amazon to refund her, and then they did. In her article, she claims that editors may not show good effort. Furthermore, she saw that readers complain the same error problem when she looks at the Nook, Kindle and Amazon online forums.

In order to minimize the error in eBooks, the second solution can be crowd sourcing. If you’re a writer and you need correction for your books, you can hire group of people who have talent and are professional for this job. Therefore, readers will understand how much valuable your books are.

Focus is the another issue

As we have seen the low quality of e-books nowadays, it is not difficult to say that the issue is much deeper than we imagine because our society can’t focus in one point. I will show some evidence to you. If you have a twitter account, and have to write 140 characters or less, how will you do proofreading a book correctly? In my opinion, readers who demand cheaper and faster books may be responsible for the errors in eBooks and this leads to the commotion in Kindle or Nook forums like I mentioned above. Dedicated readers know that writing a novel takes a time and is not an easy process. It is an undeniable fact that a good writer wants to remunerate for his services too.

What to do?

Whether you’re an independent author or not, don’t forget that proofreading and quality control are very important factors to sell your books. In addition to this, publishing houses can give more value to their editors than ever before.

In this respect, can you show more tolerance of errors in eBooks?

 


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