I am beginning to get really fed up with the lousy preparation that self-publishing authors seem to consider adequate for their ebooks. Since acquiring my first ereader, I have made a point of reading ebooks by unknown authors as much as ebooks by established writers and whilst there have always been a fair number of typos in many of the ebooks I read, this seems to be getting worse and worse lately.
I am currently reading a Sci-Fi ebook from Amazon, called The Last Praetorian, by Mike Smith, which as a story is quite reasonable, but it is a mess… on every page there will be at least one, and frequently many typos and grammatical mistakes. The use of “There” in place of “Their”, “To” instead of “Too”, “Fine Toothcomb” instead of “Fine-Tooth Comb” and many, many more. Words are missing, tenses are incorrect, even entire paragraphs are repeated. “Explicit” instead of “Implicit” and the list goes on and on. The author of this ebook is obviously a man with quite a broad vocabulary to judge by the words he chooses to use, which makes it all the stranger that he has seemingly written the book, and then published it without actually proof reading the thing.
It is this apparent lack of pride in their work which puzzles me the most about these error ridden ebooks. If the author is verging on illiteracy, as some patently are, I can understand it, even if I find it hard to forgive, but when an author is capable of using words of more than one syllable and still puts a product onto the market that is riddled with such faults I find it hard to understand the reason.