Quality Matters

In her review of a book that contained a plethora of small grammatical and spelling errors, as well as typos, a BookCrash reviewer recently stated:

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“When Christians venture out into the public arena, they are representing their Savior, ‘who does all things well’. And so we should always strive for excellence.”

I wholeheartedly concur with this blogger’s statement. As authors and publishers, we should strive to ensure that our materials are excellent and reflect our Savior.

In addition to ensuring that a print book is free from typos and spelling errors, another area that continues to plague many independently published authors is the conversion of a print book into an EPUB format, especially if the author is doing the conversion him or herself.

Fortunately, there are a number of tools on the Internet that help authors ensure that an EPUB file is formatted and displays correctly. Online tools such as http://validator.idpf.org allow EPUB documents to be checked for validation and errors in conversion.

Smashwords, a digital publishing platform, even has a great resource for EPUB errors. They list some common errors an EPUB check will find and explain how to fix these errors on their website at https://www.smashwords.com/epubcheck.

Recently, another company, Firebrand Technologies, has released a new EPUB quality assurance tool called FlightDeck. FlightDeck gives publishers and authors clear and actionable information on the quality and salability of their EPUB 2 and EPUB 3 files. FlightDeck is currently being offered free in a 2-month open beta at http://ebookflightdeck.com.

Just as typos and spelling errors turn readers off in a print book, conversion errors that leave poor page breaks, website links that don’t work, and odd characters inserted into the text will turn a reader off to an ebook. Using the resources listed here and elsewhere on the web can help you produce higher quality digital books ensuring that your readers are not disappointed and your books reflect the excellence of the Gospel.

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3 thoughts on “Quality Matters

  1. I think you have a spelling mistake unless you spell the word plague, plague in the US.

    In addition to ensuring that a print book is free from typos and spelling errors, another area that continues to plaque many independently published authors is the conversion of a print book into an EPUB format, especially if the author is doing the conversion him or herself.

    Plaque = plague?

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  2. You are correct. I meant to write “plague” not “plaque”. Just goes to show why a proofreader is so necessary for a book. Computer programs don’t recognize when you make a spelling error or typo that is really another word, but different from the one you want to use.

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  3. Kindle’s audio text-to-speech is a good secondary method of proofreading as what the eyes see (or does not see), the ear can often hear.

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