Text quality of free books
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I'm thinking of getting a Kindle, particularly as I often like to read classic/victorian literature, which is usually free or very cheap. But I'm wondering what the quality of the text is like, as I've heard there can be lots of mistakes. Has anyone experienced this?
Some books you can see a sample first, for free; I'd suggest downloading Kindle for PC (it's free!) and trying a couple of free books/book samples to see what your experience will be.
I wouldn't buy a Kindle just for free books. I bought mine (or rather, whined until I received it as a gift!) for the ability to adjust font size to my old eyes, for the portability, because I can purchase an e-book wirelessly and have it in my hands instantly, and because my house was already stuffed to the rafters with physical books. The relatively inexpensive e-books were certainly a consideration, but only one of many.
I wouldn't be getting one just for free books, I'd have a mixture of some paid for, and a load of free ones, but it would give me more options for reading on the train/holiday (instead of having to leave the 'doorstop' books to read at home).
Lately I've noticed that modern (paper) reprints of out of copyright books (not print-on-demand but fairly short runs) have more typos than I would expect. Presumably that's where costs are being cut these days.
Publishers need to realize that ebook editing requires more than a spellcheck. Someone ( an editor?) should actually read the damned thing in the form in which it is to be sold. Especially if it's *my* money we are talking about.
When I published my book, I spent long months proofing and re-proofing for formatting, typos etc etc etc. There will always be a couple that sneak in there, especially if you're an indie author/publisher like me, but there's no excuse for firing something out there that is not your best effort. In some ways I wonder whether I should increase the price of my book in order to reassure potential buyers that it is not a poorly formatted braindump!
I don't think Amazon proofreads the out-of-copyright books that it offers. If they are from Gutenberg, the formatting and proofing are not as good as mobileread and feedbooks.
I think it is when you get a pile of poorly thought out rubbish thrown on a page AND it's not proof read, that's when you feel miffed.
I'm not complaining, it kind of livened up the book...
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