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Re: Typos and other errors - possibly one for Ed?

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Posted by Mike Field on September 23, 2020 at 03:32:12 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: Typos and other errors - possibly one for Ed? posted by Bill Dashfield on September 22, 2020 at 17:57:11:

"I find that misprints are on the increase in book reprints generally..."

I agree. I find I'm reading more and more ebooks than hard-copy ones these days (partly a function of my changed reading habits rather than literary diet), and OCR scanning seems to be responsible for an awful lot of errors. Worse, the person doing the scanning doesn't proof-read the scan to pick up even the most glaring of them.

The Faded Page people you mention have an exhaustive system of proof-reading -- several readings, spread over several people -- and, as you've seen, even then a few errors can remain. (My experience with Faded Page, in proof-reading several of those books in the AR canon, showed me that even the most nit-picking, error-noticing, individual (like me) can, and does, miss things that, when later pointed out, are glaringly obvious -- like the number of commas in this sentence.)

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