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3.0 out of 5 stars Great author + lousy publisher = mediocre ebook, February 13, 2010
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This review is from: Sharpe's Tiger (Kindle Edition)
Just finished the Kindle edition. I was saddened to see a good author's craft ruined by truly horrible editing. The publisher screwed this one up so bad it was painful to read. The book is full of errors that should have been caught in the most superficial edit. I suppose that PerfectBound and Harper Collins simply scanned a printed copy of the book, pushed the electronic result through a spell checker, and published it. There are fifteen places where the scanner obviously misread "the" and got "die". Because of the lack of an edit, that's how it was published. And that's only one example.

Publishers have a duty to their authors and readers to faithfully reproduce the author's work. When they fail the author loses fans and, presumably, money. To have to pay ten dollars for a book that looks like it cost almost nothing to publish reflects on the greed of the publisher.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2010 12:24:57 PM PST
Northwoods says:
I agree and I have just sent a letter of complaint to Amazon. There are two Kindle editions of this book. I'm asking to try the other, hoping it is better.

Posted on May 26, 2011 2:07:00 PM PDT
Marty says:
It seems that while the Kindle is very nice, the editing of so many books I read on it are very poorly edited. I am thinking of giving up my Kindle & going back to paper.

Posted on Jan 5, 2012 3:24:36 PM PST
S. Bacon says:
Notes like this, while extremely disappointing are also extremely helpful in making selections.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 3:45:44 PM PDT
Hedgehog says:
Editing in general is horrible in ebooks. I thought a simple scan or whatever they do could do no harm but, man, the errors abound. If we pay the same price as a printed edition then we should get the same quality.

Posted on Dec 21, 2013 5:05:49 AM PST
SEB says:
My comment refers to Smith's review of Sharpe's Tiger (Kindle Edition)
Thank you for your post, Mr. Smith.
I love the Sharpe books...
I was seriously considering getting a kindle so I could exchange paper for electronic versions....
but can't now that I know the electronic editions of books are so very very poorly managed.
Bah Humbug Mr. Amazon...
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