Tuesday, April 23, 2013

In that case, books and newspapers are worth more every day

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Blogger R.T. said...

So, when I consider the ironies here, I can imagine students telling me in the future that their errors will someday make their writing assignments valuable. Perhaps journalists can say the same thing to their editors. Let's all ignore the errors in hopes of becoming rich someday. Well, perhaps not.

April 24, 2013  
Blogger R.T. said...

And I remember coming across an inexcusable typographical error in my paperback copy of Margaret Atwood's Surfacing. The error annoyed me so much that I tossed the book aside, and I never returned to it.

I rather enjoy reading about some of the errors cited in the ABE page.

The whole issue reminds me of a different experience. A student was excited to have found an autographed copy of a Mark Twain book in the university library; nothing could persuade the student that the autograph was not genuine. Of course, when I pointed out the 1924 publication date in the book, the student was crestfallen.

Yes, all sorts of "errors" in books can cause all sorts of problems.

April 24, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I can well imagine some student saying, "Like, chill, dude. This will be worth something one day." to which my response would be, "Errors are only worth something if they're rare."

April 24, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

Or who think the synonym for pulling back is reigning in

April 24, 2013  
Blogger Peter Rozovsky said...

I put up a post some time back about the "black people" typo that the ABE article mentions, or rather about the publisher's reaction, which was to attack and belittle people who complained.

I hesitate to point out some of the errors I've found in books because I don't like to make writers look bad, especially when the publisher is ultimately responsible for letting mistakes see the light of day. Suffice it to say that many writers, reporters, and copy editors, if the publisher bothers with such a luxury, don't know the difference between loath and loathe or who think humans speak with their vocal chords

April 24, 2013  

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