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Would you contact the publishers?

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thetemptationofchocolate Fri 24-Feb-17 14:30:18

I'm reading a book in which I have so far spotted two errors. One is the use of 'breaks' when it should be 'brakes'. The second is similar.
Would you write to the publishers and flag it up to them? Or not bother?

HughLauriesStubble Fri 24-Feb-17 14:35:14

This sort of stuff REALLY bugs me confused There is no excuse for lacking a basic edit, it's so sloppy, lazy and unprofessional. I would contact the publisher or author if there were a number of errors like this at an early stage of a book I was reading. I probably sound anal but I really think that if someone expects you to pay for their book, they should at least have the courtesy of ensuring the grammar is spot on.

CrazyGreyhoundLady Fri 24-Feb-17 14:42:27

Thats so annoying, yes definitely tell them! I think some publishers actually send out vouchers as a thank you if it's the first time the mistake has been bought to their attention. I know some used too at least.

StealthPolarBear Fri 24-Feb-17 14:45:19

I've never done this, just seethe inside

kittytom Fri 24-Feb-17 14:52:41

I used to work in publishing. We always had a few corrections at first reprint and sometimes thereafter. They'll be pleased to correct it!

NoSquirrels Fri 24-Feb-17 14:59:52

Certainly point it out. Typos are one thing - there are always a few in every book that's published, it'r pretty much unavoidable. Common misspellings of words to give a different meaning (breaks/brakes) means an ignoramus edited it, and no one proofread it. Which is very bad (most common in self-published books usually).

thetemptationofchocolate Fri 24-Feb-17 15:03:50

This is from Walker Books, which is why I was so surprised to find these.

I'm going to email them when I get to the end (in case I find another mistake in the last 50 pages smile )

Thanks all.

GallivantingWildebeest Mon 06-Mar-17 21:40:35

As a reader, contacting publishers to tell them about a typo is fine.

As an editor, it's a no-no.

Crazy Greyhound, I think you mean 'brought'.

Editing and proofreading budgets have been slashed for many publishers. That means that more experienced editors will not work on mainstream titles. It may mean there is no time in the budget for proofreading. Also, no editor will guarantee to remove 100% of errors from a book.

However, in a Walker Books title, missing a brakes/breaks error is pretty crap!!

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