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In this age of instant access to millions of books, do readers believe they are getting value for money?
I’d like to know what you think.
I stepped tentatively into the uncertain world of eBooks a few years ago, concerned about author rights and protection, but found that I really enjoy the format. (Don’t worry, I still love
hardcopy books and buy them too.)
My new concern, as a reader, is trying to find suitable content in this vast market. The sheer volume of eBooks means that there is plenty of choice, and it’s easier than ever for readers to test out new authors. That has to be a positive. Free and cheap books are offered for just this purpose.
However, a troubling thought has been festering in my subconscious for a while and it is only today that I’m going to voice it. Am I getting to explore more great stories, or am I lowering the quality of what I read?
It can be difficult to tell what kind of publisher produced a book. Is it self-published, from a long established traditional publisher, a new e-only publisher, or a fly-by-nighter? Not that identifying any one of these will assure quality or lack
In my endeavor to explore new authors and genres, I often take advantage of free samples. Within a few paragraphs I can tell if I like the style and the story interests me; and some
are quite frankly frighteningly amateur. Other times my eye is captured by a sale or my imagination by a sales pitch.
If I take a leap of faith and purchase a book I have certain expectations, and I don’t feel they are unreasonable. I want to read a well told story with engaging characters, beautifully imagery and a clever plot. I want entertainment!
What I am increasingly finding is frustration, by an apparent deficit of editing. Now, I don’t claim to be an editor, or even a grammar guru, but I do enjoy the English language and am a
discerning reader. Conversations with other readers have supported my theory that if I want well edited books, then so must others.
It is annoying to constantly trip over incorrect or missing words. I stub my toe on lashings of redundant words and skin my knees on moguls of repeated and inconsistent information. Of course, not all eBooks are as bad as all this. My real fear is that editing is being undervalued as part of the publishing process.
It’s a breath of fresh air when I am so engrossed in a book that I get to the end without noticing the actual text. This just proves to me that there are different standards. It’s not all in my imagination. What I really love is the chance to discover
fantastic authors and amazing stories. JClick these links to check out what I’ve been reading lately, or to see who my favourite authors are.
What I’d really like to know is, do these kinds of faux pas annoy you too and have you noticed an increase in