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Old 10-17-2011, 05:55 PM   #1
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Weird formatting

I just bought the new Terry Pratchett, 'Snuff', and it has the weirdest quirk.

The word 'people' never has a space in front of it - it's always mashed into the word or punctuation before it.

There are a few other missing spaces, but nothing else this consistent. It's driving me buggy!
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Old 10-17-2011, 05:59 PM   #2
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You're not alone, actually holding off buying it for a bit until I get some confirmation that it's fixed. There was a post on teleread about it http://www.teleread.com/paul-biba/te...nproofed-book/
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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I see a lot of people on that thread trying to blame Amazon, but I bought mine in epub from the Sony Store, last night.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:47 PM   #4
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Amazon doesn't format ebooks, the publishers do.

And I come across a lot of ebooks with poor formatting, both from Amazon and from books that I borrow from the library.
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Old 10-17-2011, 06:55 PM   #5
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I sent an email to Sony and they sent this reply:

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Thank you for contacting Sony Support.

We are sorry for all the inconvenience you've encountered with the typos on the title Snuff by Terry Pratchett. Sony's Reader Store content development team has forwarded your recent concern to engineering for confirmation. If they determine that the file contained on our site requires correction, they will resolve the issue quickly. As soon as the issue has been addressed, you will be contacted again with further information.

Thank you for being a valued Sony Customer.
I don't mind it so much when I get Google Books or even library books with oodles of typos, but a book I paid $13 for should be nearly pristine.

Humph.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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Amazon will probably send out a corrected version when it becomes available.
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Old 10-17-2011, 07:24 PM   #7
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Amazon will probably send out a corrected version when it becomes available.
If the errors are as simple as they sound, I can edit the ePub to fix them myself. No need to wait. +1 for ePub.
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Old 10-18-2011, 10:41 AM   #8
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Actually it's even weirder than first reported - if a word ends in *ple, the preceding space is deleted - I noticed this with people, couple, purple, etc. Way weird!
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Actually it's even weirder than first reported - if a word ends in *ple, the preceding space is deleted - I noticed this with people, couple, purple, etc. Way weird!
That's a bit harder to fix. But I won't be deterred from fixing it eventually. But maybe by the time I'm ready to read it, there will be a fixed version available from the library.
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Old 10-18-2011, 11:29 AM   #10
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Actually it's even weirder than first reported - if a word ends in *ple, the preceding space is deleted - I noticed this with people, couple, purple, etc. Way weird!
Yes, I've noticed it with 'couple' now - but Pratchett apparently uses the word 'people' much more.

Of course, by the time they get it fixed, I'll have finished the book.

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Maybe the epub generator thinks that the string "ple" isn't actually found in words, and only means "delete the space before this word" ?
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The fact that they don't proofread their e-books before releasing them is beyond me. We are talking about professional publishers aren't we ?
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Harper Collins.
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No. We are talking agency publishers. Not professional at all.
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No. We are talking agency publishers. Not professional at all.
Succinctly phrased. Let me insert the sound of a whip snapping for you, sir.
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