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Charlie Stross Dec 24
Readers: NEVER EVER EVER flag typos in ebooks on Amazon’s kindle platform. It does not do what you think it does; it’s the opposite of helpful!
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Charlie Stross
What you’re doing if you flag a book as containing typos is, you tell a computer to yank the book off sale immediately. Nobody else can buy it until the author jumps through flaming hoops. Best of all? You might be misreading vernacular or British English or just plain wrong.
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Sean O'Hara Dec 24
Replying to @cstross
I reported a book last week for having glanng OCR errors, induding 17 Author's Name headers appearing in the middle of the text. Considering it made the book almost unreadable, I feel it was justified.
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Charlie Stross Dec 24
Replying to @noculottes
That’s … probably appropriate. What’s inappropriate is reporting books to get them pulled because you hate the author’s politics, which is a Thing, apparently. Or reporting books because you mistook “colour” or “couldn’a” for typos (the former is British; the latter is idiom).
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Nonya Bidniss Dec 24
Replying to @cstross
Now that a million creeps understand this harrassment method.... ☹️
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Charlie Stross Dec 24
Replying to @nonya_bidniss
… HOPEFULLY it’ll make amazon re-think the existence of this “misfeature”. Yes?
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Sean Eric Fagan Dec 24
Replying to @cstross
And apparently has been weaponized.
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Charlie Stross Dec 24
Replying to @kithrup
This Kindle feature needs to be killed—or at least require a live human review. OTOH, if it’s used for griefing enough for AMZN to notice they’ll kill it on principle (because it’ll be affecting their sales negatively).
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David Emmett Dec 24
Replying to @cstross
What is the best way to tell an author or their publisher about a typo?
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Charlie Stross Dec 24
Replying to @motomatters
Email them. And don’t bother if the book was first published more than 6-12 months ago from a trad publishing house—it’s too late to fix.
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kyle cassidy Dec 24
Replying to @cstross @HNTurtledove
One of my books was OCR'd so badly I would have been happier if they pulled it. I feel like an amateur everytime someone waves their kindle at me.
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Harry Turtledove Dec 25
Replying to @kylecassidy @cstross
Old books that get scanned to OCR and then put out with no proofreading, whether electronically or on paper, drive me mad. You can always tell.
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