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Old 05-05-2009, 05:52 PM   #1
jswinden
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An example of an eBook with terrible formatting

I've attached a screenshot from a all-to-typical page from an eBook I just purchased through Amazon. The book is: A New English Translation of the Septuagint. I find such formatting to be totally unacceptable. Notice how the columns are smashed together and how half of the bottom line is missing.

I have bought a lot of eBooks for the Kindle 2 and the Sony PRS-505, and almost every one of them have stupid formatting errors. Common errors include those caused by using OCR software and then not proofreading. Another common error is sentences that are split in the middle so that a new paragraph begins in the middle of the sentence. Since we have to pay nearly as much for eBooks as for printed books, and sometimes more, the publishers should darn well proofread their eBooks before placing them for sale.

BTW: I wrote a scathing email to Amazon demanding a refund for this eBook. I can overlook most annoying format issues, but not when the text is this unreadable.
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