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Old 09-20-2010, 07:39 PM   #1
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Hi All:

Was looking to download a copy of Frank Herberts "Dune" the other day. Amazon had it, so I downloaded the sample to check it out. There were quite a few editing problems (like 2 words combined into 1) in the small sample...does not bode well for the complete book. So my question...if I buy this from another source (like the Sony store) will I be getting the same thing? I'm guessing the publisher supplied one copy to all stores selling it...no?

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I purchased Dune last year from Books on Board, and it is also atrociously formatted. I also would be interested if anyone has found a version that is worth paying money for (or Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)
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Old 09-20-2010, 10:26 PM   #3
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They're probably the same, yes. There's still plenty of atrociously OCR'd books sold out there.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:59 AM   #4
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It's likely the same copy.
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Old 09-21-2010, 05:32 AM   #5
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They're probably the same, yes. There's still plenty of atrociously OCR'd books sold out there.
There certainly are. But I think that Amazon samples are made by Amazon, rather than the original publisher.

I remember downloading a sample from Amazon and posting here that it was the worst formatted book I had ever seen. It was vile. But I wanted the full book so badly that I bought it anyway, and it was much better.

But it came in azw which I can only read on my computer and don't yet know how to remove the DRM. But that's another story.

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Hi All:

Was looking to download a copy of Frank Herberts "Dune" the other day. Amazon had it, so I downloaded the sample to check it out. There were quite a few editing problems (like 2 words combined into 1) in the small sample...does not bode well for the complete book. So my question...if I buy this from another source (like the Sony store) will I be getting the same thing? I'm guessing the publisher supplied one copy to all stores selling it...no?

Kevin
Well, I recently bought and read the Amazon copy, but I don't remember anything jumping out at me. However, it was such a long read that I probably didn't take note of them. If there is anything particular in your sample that you want me to check the book for, I'd be glad to.
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I bought the book and downloaded a perfectly formatted copy from somewhere else...
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I bought the book and downloaded a perfectly formatted copy from somewhere else...
Shame the publishers didn't do the same thing.
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Well, I recently bought and read the Amazon copy, but I don't remember anything jumping out at me. However, it was such a long read that I probably didn't take note of them. If there is anything particular in your sample that you want me to check the book for, I'd be glad to.
Betty:

Thanks, that would be great! In the third chapter, take a look at the little paragraph (or quote) that starts it. Mine has: "The Reverend Mother must combine the seductive wiles of acourtesan...." (instead of a courtesan). I'm curious as to what the full version has. Thanks,

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Betty:

Thanks, that would be great! In the third chapter, take a look at the little paragraph (or quote) that starts it. Mine has: "The Reverend Mother must combine the seductive wiles of acourtesan...." (instead of a courtesan). I'm curious as to what the full version has. Thanks,

Kevin
Sorry -- it reads just like your sample.
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