|06-11-2010, 09:12 PM||#1|
Join Date: Mar 2007
Device: iPad / PRS-600 / iPhone 3G
Any issues with e-books from Penguin?
So I just got done reading Blood Oath that I purchased from Amazon on my iPad, and I had to only give it 3 stars when I reviewed it on Amazon.
The story was good, but I was a bit miffed at paying $11.99 for a book that was full of typos and format issues. "full" is relative, I didn't count them, but I'm not talking 1, 2, or 3 issues. There were at least a dozen I think. If you look at the samples for both Amazon and iBooks, you can see a mistake on the first page of text, where there's a bold capital A at the end of the first sentence. I can live with 1 or 2 mistakes, no one is perfect, but if I'm going to get the same quality as someone scanning a book at home...then why would I want to pay for that?
I'd certainly say this was the most mistake-prone book I've purchased and I'll certainly think twice about buying any more Penguin books, *especially* at higher-than-average prices. Has anyone else run into issues with Penguin books?
|06-11-2010, 10:29 PM||#2|
Join Date: Oct 2007
Device: HDX 8.9, AuraHD, Nook HD+, Kindle 2,3,T , Opus, Nexus7, iPhone5, etc
I've run into issues (lots of errors) with books from every publisher I can think of. Can't really say one is worse than another though. Many books I bought have been pretty much OK (maybe one or two errors), but on occasion I do get a bad one.
One thing Penguin will do time and again that bugs the hell out of me is skip putting the prologue in the table of contents.
|06-12-2010, 06:34 AM||#3|
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Device: Kindle3, iPad2, Kobo Touch, Sony PRS T3, Nexus 7
Unfortunately I could not find a way of giving feedback to ePenguin. I'm convinced that the only recourse we have is to bombard those responsible for releasing this rubbish with feedback that we are angry about it, and demanding refunds.
If you come across a way of getting feedback to Penguin please let me know.
Tony Cole at email@example.com has a blog on this topic. Could I suggest that you get in touch with him?
Last edited by AlexBell; 06-12-2010 at 06:41 AM. Reason: Made it more clear
|06-19-2010, 02:34 PM||#4|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Eternal summer
Device: 350, iPad, PW
Penguin had this issue when ebooks first started to become mainstream. I spent a good few hours of time going back and forth with the Sony store and FW for their shoddy formatting. The worst offender was a SM Stirling book I picked up...it had flat out missing text. And a couple of really weird spacing errors with just about any other nastiness you could think of.
A couple of emails to the distributor kind of helped light a fire under their ass for some of the books and they were fixed within a couple weeks or two. You'd think that these places would have a Q/A department.
If you bought it on iBooks, I'd send a nasty email to Mapple. They seem to be the king of the sheep right now.
Every publisher has their issues, but I think Penguin has been the biggest offender..
|06-19-2010, 03:03 PM||#5|
Join Date: Nov 2006
Device: Kindle PW2, iPad Retina Mini, iPhone 4, MS Surface Pro
I've bought a number of "Penguin Classics" eBooks which have been absolutely fine.
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