I am completely disgusted with the quality of the kindle version of A Game of Thrones. It is full of random errors appearing in the text, such as changed letters (m instead of rn, of h instead of b for example) that change a word/or name or sentence into something else. It has completely ruined my experience of reading the book and I suggest that you do not waste your money on it. Clearly nobody checked for errors before publishing it.
To be fair those errors will be found in every book which has previously been published only in paper; they arise because the paper book is scanned to produce the electronic version for the Kindle, and the scanner finds it hard to tell the difference between m and rn etc. I've seen these errors in every "legacy" Kindle book I've read from Jack Reacher novels to Dickens. Although I've usually spotted a handful only; how many errors would you estimate are in the whole book?
I agree with Stephen West all books have mistakes, read the book not the mistakes if the story is good enough you won't notice the errors. I have just finished all the "Game of Thrones" books and am eagerly waiting for the latest
I will not buy any Kindle edition that is more expensive than the paperback, I didn't get it to be ripped off, but thanks for the info. As far as errors are concerned (and ignoring them) my dear old Mum used to say two wrongs don't make a right so ignore the people who think they're OK because they certainly are not, that's what proof readers/programmers are supposed to be paid for!
Lazy publishers and bad proofreaders are to blame but I think parlty that it's also a problem with Mobi format, I've noticed it with a few purchases. The Kindle version looks like a bad ePub-to-Mobi conversion. The Kindle needs to just support Epub natively.
Dance with Dragons will probably be ok as it will be from an electric copy.
If the books we purchased were 99p ones I could accept the scanning errors. But some of them have more errors than stuff I've scanned in, and in AGOT it is highly humorous as Melisandre ends up wanting to bum everyone.... It certainly detracts from the book childish humour aside, and for the price of the ebooks we should be getting a quality and proof read product.
Agreed. It's a massive shame there isn't some way we can feed this back to the publisher, or even cloud proofread by highlighting errors to be reviewed by someone at the publisher (Hell, I'd do it myself for free if i could!). I'm trying not to let them get to me but i did have a bit of a giggle at the way the dragon eggs 'bum bright with beauty' I bought the paperback copy too, so will probably switch over to paper when i'm at home but the paperback just doesn't cut it for work/travel/handsfree reading partly because it won't fit in my bag!
For Miss Keene = The maps can be downloaded from the net love, seek and ye shall find - I love Art Work and am treating this as a project - Have A3 Paper will travel I can then pin or blu-tack the map to my wall
@ J K Hall - splendid observant post! I have enjoyed the books and have seen the errors can't help but agree with you - and we shall be standing in line for that job of PPR - Proper Proof Reader - I too - am after that job. Specifically after the mistake you have illustrated - I read it and laughed - thinking - beaky chuggers (sic) they cannot read well - what device are they using - to copy and print. I am inclined to agree with you and will not let a few mistakes stop my enjoyment of a story - wait until we have all the DVDs I shall have them too - at present I am re-watching on Sky - I♥Sky
Wee Retty I have even seen someone commenting on the lack of vocabulary, etc etc - well alright now, I am not even going too TRY to compare the writer - Martin - with Tolkien as some have tried to do because there can be only one Tolkien. Many kindle books HAVE been over priced - one uses one's imagination and education to understand such errors - don't let them stop you from enjoying the concept of the series, and a rattling good read.
<and for the price of the ebooks we should be getting a quality and proof read product.> Said Richard - I could not agree more - mistakes notwithstanding - childish humour included - I am still purchasing the Dance with Dragons - then having finished the last Greek exam at University I will be competing with J K Hall for the proof readers job - they need us - will you apply
I agree, Kevin. It is a big rip-off that the kindle version is more expensive than the print copy, there is no rhyme nor reason why an electronically delivered book should be the same price as one that is printed, stored and delivered, other than naked greed from amazon and the publisher. It leaves a sour taste in my mouth, I know there is the issue of VAT in the UK but that cannot be the cause. I feel ripped off and a bit of a fool for buying a kindle, making the commitment to amazon was not an invitation for them to take advantage of me. I sincerely hope they wake up quickly, the current situation is simply intolerable.
AJ - I can see your point - but so many of the books I needed for my Latin and Greek at Uni were free - which in print might have been expensive - I am not looking for a means tto print off the occasional page - can you print from a kindle - anyone ?????
THat - E J was what I need to know - does any one have advice on what to do to print from a Kindle - Query - USB - copy - print - or are they not fixed that way - would it be worth the try - Wikipedia has some maps