Update to my last post: Seems more and more folk are coming forward with similar emails from Amazon about grammar issues. Anecdotal comments from the authors as well as cited comments from Amazon that are surfacing imply that Amazon is:
- Performing spot-check quality control
- Responding to customer complaints and acting on them
- Pulling books from sale if errors aren’t corrected
Some of the errors, of course, are founded: duplicate words, an extra indent, a misspelled homonym. Still, if what seems to be a litmus test of 3 errors found in a book means it must be pulled, corrected and republished, then Amazon QA personnel are going to be working overtime and traditional publishers will need to hire extra staff to deal with all the error-handling and reuploads.
A Google search indicates this has been going on for the past few months. It does, however, seem to be more prevalent now than before.
An unsubstantiated claim is making the rounds that Amazon has offered a bounty to readers who find and report errors. The bounty has been cited in various venues as $5, the purchase price of the book or, in some cases, both. I think we can agree that in a land of grammar gray and where the idea of editors following a little manual called The Chicago Manual of Style seems a surprise to the Amazon QA team, this could become a real issue. Ebooks are not so difficult to correct and reupload, though the time investment is annoying. But books where the print run could be in the thousands? This one’s going to be interesting.
Also, has anyone else noticed an increase in Google + invitations since Facebook launched its revamped News Feed yesterday? :o)