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Initial post: Jul 1, 2014 5:33:23 PM PDT
Joy Darling says:
I've noticed it before whet word like he and lie get mixed up in books but the new book I'm reading " omega dog" is absolutely littered with errors such as characters doing the same thing twice or names of characters getting swapped. I think the book was free, can't remember. But is this unedited how can a book be put on amazon with so many mistakes? Also on the other hand if put up in edited is this a first draft from a new author and should readers be able to add comment point out mistakes? TIA

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:46:08 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2014 5:49:02 PM PDT
Arual says:
Hi Joy,

Authors who publish their own books often can't afford to hire a proofreader or an editor, or they seem to think they're doing a good job on their own. So many of those books are awful! I tend to avoid self-published books now.

You can post a review of the book, and I'd encourage you to do that. It would be a good warning to other readers and also give the message to the author.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:47:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2014 5:50:31 PM PDT
The Artist says:
That's a self published book, and Amazon doesn't edit them or proofread them. The writer just uploads the book using Amazon's digital platform.

Unfortunately, a lot of writers are either too lazy to do that for their own books, others don't know any better, and some of them know better but can't afford to hire some to proofread/edit their book.

You could report the errors to Amazon if you want using the Help link at the top of this page, or just write a review letting other customers know about the problems with the book.

Edited for typo.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:48:15 PM PDT
Well Joy, I suspect it happens kind of like what happened in the first sentence of your post. You didn't have an editor. Your last sentence is rather odd as well.
Yes. That is what happened.....no editor.

By the way......Amazon is spelled with a capital A.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:48:52 PM PDT
Free books are OFTEN self published books .... not many are professionally edited. You get what you pay for.

You can leave a review noting that the book is riddled with errors.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:49:35 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
Anyone can publish a book on Amazon.

If you come across a book full of errors, the best thing to do is to leave a review pointing out the errors. Be warned. However, there are some authors who lash out at people who leave them poor reviews.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:49:55 PM PDT
K. Rowley says:
You can report errors on the book's product page. Scroll down to where you see a light blue box for feedback. There should be a link in that box for reporting formatting problems. Amazon will pass the info along to the publisher / author. But it's up to them (publisher / author) to fix anything and update the book.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 5:51:05 PM PDT
Joy, maybe you should proofread your post, then maybe you could understand.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:54:30 PM PDT
Arual says:
Yeah, but it doesn't matter here - the OP is not an author and not writing to an audience. Someone who "publishes" a book, free or not, should put in the proper effort and get it right before they push the go button.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:55:03 PM PDT
That is just one paragraph. Think of what it would be like were there a book.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:57:00 PM PDT
You would think that one would proofread a paragraph before one criticized spelling and grammar errors in a book. JMO

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 5:58:27 PM PDT
Arual says:
Same response to you, Mr. Henderson. These are two different issues completely. I could practice my violin at home and play as many notes out of tune as I wanted. But if I'm playing a solo in front of a crowd, I'd be embarrassed if I made ONE error.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 6:02:02 PM PDT
Yes, the OP is the author of the post, and is writing to an audience, the members of this discussion.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 6:08:29 PM PDT
Aural, I agree completely with you. If the OP had written her post on a piece of paper and left it on the desk, similar to you playing the violin to only yourself, there would be no criticism. However, the OP chose to publish it to this discussion.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 6:22:08 PM PDT
kestergayle says:
Joy,

As you have seen by now, all sorts of people and opinions run rampant here in the discussion threads. Ignore them or not, as you choose. Just don't take it personally because it's not worth the aggravation.

I agree, books, free or not, should at least be proofed. It really doesn't have to cost much money. Find a friend who reads a lot, give them $50 and all the pizza they can eat, the manuscript too, of course, and let them loose with a blue pencil. A professional isn't necessarily required. A poverty stricken English major will do. The end result may not be perfect, but anyone who engages with what they read can spot most of these errors. Sometimes just a second set of eyes can make a huge difference.

I don't review books often, but I always leave a review if the book is unreadable. How else will the potential reader know? The author must be told somehow, and even though they won't do anything, Amazon should be made aware as well. I really wish they'd change their policy on that, but they hold the power in this situation.

I recommend posting a review, and if the writer has an author page, post a comment there, too.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 6:42:16 PM PDT
I will copy-edit 100 pages for $50 and a large thick crust w/pepperoni, black olives, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts. Also a liter of Diet Pepsi.

Just puttin' that out there.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 6:45:07 PM PDT
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Posted on Jul 1, 2014 6:45:57 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
I'll copy edit and proof read by proof. Eighty proof, eighty pages, one-hundred proof, one-hundred pages, etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 6:55:25 PM PDT
WPK, that is a real deal! I have a friend who copy edits at home. She gets a link to a book on the publisher's server, checks grammar, spelling, and continuity. She also gets paid by the page, though somewhat more than that.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 7:03:41 PM PDT
kestergayle says:
Any writer in their right mind will deliver the proof after getting the proof. Now, we need to find a writer in their right mind....

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 7:03:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 1, 2014 7:05:22 PM PDT
Toby John says:
Ah. The OP must be a first draft. So -

"I've noticed it before whet words like he and lie get mixed up in books but the new book I'm reading " omega dog" is absolutely littered with errors such as characters doing the same thing twice or names of characters getting swapped."

"when" words, I presume. Commas after books and reading would help. Book title - the two words, Omega and Dog, should be capitalized.

"I think the book was free, can't remember. But is this unedited how can a book be put on amazon with so many mistakes? Also on the other hand if put up in edited is this a first draft from a new author and should readers be able to add comment point out mistakes? TIA"

"Is this unedited how". Um...question mark after unedited? Capital H in How because it should be the start of a new paragraph. Amazon is a company name. It is therefore capitalized.

"If put up in edited" ...... ?????

to add comment AND point out mistakes.

There ya go. Want to try again?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 7:08:59 PM PDT
R. Wilde says:
*sends a 151 page book and a bottle of Bacardi 151 to Old Rocker*

Hmm, that's strange... the further I get in the manuscript I got back, the more errors I see that weren't in the original...

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 7:10:30 PM PDT
Oh, if we're talking publishing house, then yeah, the price goes up! :0)

I'm willing to include pizza-pay for SPAs just in an attempt to improve English in general.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 8:40:41 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
CreateSpace charges an arm and a leg, but it's no excuse for an author not to have his book at least proof read.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 1, 2014 8:41:02 PM PDT
Old Rocker says:
I'll drink to that!
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