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Old 03-21-2024, 06:19 PM   #76
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If it's a book that I love, I will make notes of typos (which irritate me, especially in ebooks I paid for), and go back to my original in Calibre and fix them for when I want to reread them.

If it's one of the marvelous books available from Standardebooks.org, I will email them and the errors will be fixed within a few days. Standardebooks.org is a great organization and they rightfully take a good deal of pride in producing ebooks which are a joy to read.
They don't fox errors. I've informed them of an issue with their code that they refused to fix. It was code that they did nnot need in the CSS that caused the CSS to fail in RMSDK on a Kobo.
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Old 03-21-2024, 06:32 PM   #77
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If it's one of the marvelous books available from Standardebooks.org, I will email them and the errors will be fixed within a few days. Standardebooks.org is a great organization and they rightfully take a good deal of pride in producing ebooks which are a joy to read.
Don't say that in front of JSWolf.
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Old 03-21-2024, 07:19 PM   #78
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Don't say that in front of JSWolf.
who almost singlehandedly drove a couple of developers from standardebooks.com away from mobileread.
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Old 03-21-2024, 08:33 PM   #79
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Don't say that in front of JSWolf.
It's wise to never say anything in front of him, unless you want a lecture about how you need to embrace his One True Opinion™ on every topic.
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Old 03-21-2024, 08:34 PM   #80
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who almost singlehandedly drove a couple of developers from standardebooks.com away from mobileread.
They don't come here anymore? That's a real shame.
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Old 03-21-2024, 08:47 PM   #81
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Old 03-21-2024, 09:01 PM   #82
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Sadly true. When you look up dogmatic in the dictionary, Jon's picture is there.
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Old 03-21-2024, 10:43 PM   #83
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I edited all of the discworld novels I got through the humble bundle to replace the horrible placeholder covers.

So yes.
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Old 03-21-2024, 10:53 PM   #84
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I edited all of the discworld novels I got through the humble bundle to replace the horrible placeholder covers.

So yes.
Same here — one of the few times I’ve done it.


…unless you count “upgrading” my ebooks to be read on any device as editing.
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Old 03-22-2024, 03:22 AM   #85
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I edited all of the discworld novels I got through the humble bundle to replace the horrible placeholder covers.

So yes.

I’m still working on mine. Those placeholder covers are truly horrible. What were they thinking? It’s not like there aren’t nice covers for these books.
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Old 03-22-2024, 06:15 AM   #86
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If it's a book that I love, I will make notes of typos (which irritate me, especially in ebooks I paid for), and go back to my original in Calibre and fix them for when I want to reread them.

If it's one of the marvelous books available from Standardebooks.org, I will email them and the errors will be fixed within a few days. Standardebooks.org is a great organization and they rightfully take a good deal of pride in producing ebooks which are a joy to read.
I certainly agree with you on the quality of books from StandardEbooks. I have downloaded several books and am a regular contributor.
I simply download the standard epub and convert it to whatever I like. I haven't experienced any serious troubles. I am not particular sensitive about typos.
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Old 03-24-2024, 05:59 PM   #87
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I will edit books I've bought, but only on very rare occasions when the book is not readable on my device. I've also had to edit a few back in the day that had font and/or font size (and in a couple of memorable occasions font color) locked by the publisher, but I haven't seen that in quite a few years.

Generally I read it as I get it--a book needs to be pretty egregiously bad before I can be bothered to "fix" it.

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Old 03-27-2024, 02:36 AM   #89
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I download metadata and covers and add tags all the time, but don't consider that "editing" the book.

The only time I've actually used the editor has been when I've bought "watermarked" books that contain warnings about sharing the book illegally, stating that "the book was bought by [name and e-mail address]" in the actual text. Had they just had that in the beginning and/or end of the book, I wouldn't have bothered; they chose, however, to include it in the text itself in several places.

But I don't think I've ever come across a book with formatting so bad that I would want to bother editing it.
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If it's fanfiction, I basically have to (IYKYK).

If it's a professionally/competently published e-book, then I don't unless there's something about the formatting that bothers me so much that I feel like I need to dedicate time out of my life to fix it. To be clear, this has only ever happened once so far.
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