From: Jon Trimble
Location: Massapequa, NY
Dear Mr. Bear,
I thought you should be aware that someone did a quick and dirty job of scanning your amazing novel for the e-reads edition. Below is the text of the letter I have sent to to the publisher.
I ordered this title via Amazon (who sold it via Beagle Books), and though I am happy to have a paperback copy of this previously out-of-print title, I do have a serious complaint to make.
It is obvious to me that this E-reads edition was produced by way of scanning a paperback copy of Mr. Bear's novel. What should have occurred after the scanning process, is copy-editing by a human being, which was plainly not done for Blood Music.
By the time I reached page 52, this is what I found :
p7 ground floor on the east comer corner
p14 cool dean swallow clean
p25 no sense hi being punished in
p27 active lymphocyte hi the human in
p31 Look, the bar's dosing closing
p33 and the thud a year ago third
p33 she kept staring at nun him
p36 reasonably witty at tunes times
p45 imagined state of having a rather father
p51 Put the little suckers to work, him? hmm
p52 probably acquired a whole new set of his (?)
It was a quirky curiosity at first, but soon I found it interrupting the flow of the novel, and bringing me out of the richly detailed world Mr. Bear had written.
I'm not sure whether I should be asking for a refund, or payment as a proof-reader!
From: Greg Bear
Thanks, Jon! I'm working with eReads to take care of this now. They should issue a corrected edition very soon based on my original e-file, rather than any scan. Let me know if this works for you.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Is there any new information on this? I was thinking of purchasing eRead's Kindle version off of Amazon, but the sample that I downloaded today had these same errors.
Thanks for any info!
From: Greg Bear
New edition is coming shortly, based on my own e-text. Thanks for your patience!