Digital Epub versions of the books warning

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Digital Epub versions of the books warning

Postby AnthonyB » Wed Jun 24, 2009 4:53 pm

I have a Sony Reader that goes most places with me so I wanted to get a digital copy (epub format) of all of Terry’s books that I already have so I have them to hand wherever I am. So far I have purchased six; I wish I had got around to reading the first couple I purchased before I got the others because then I wouldn’t have bought them. Unfortunately it looks like the publishers scanned in a paper copy of the books and then left it to the software to try its best to make sense of what it could make out. They didn’t even put it through a spell checker; they definitely didn’t give it to someone who knows the books to proof read. There are so many mistakes from spelling mistakes (including names being changed) to the layout being changed and other things that it spoils the books. I emailed both the shops I purchased from and they have said that when corrected versions come out mine will be replaced, I have also emailed the publisher but I have had no reply back. Until the books are redone I won’t be buying any more and I strongly recommend that no one else buys them, which is a real shame.
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Postby chris.ph » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:56 pm

welcome to the site tony :) ive said this on the site b4 but go and have a look at baen books they give away free ebooks if you like scifi war :)
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Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jun 24, 2009 7:44 pm

Welcome to the site AnthonyB! :D
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Postby Dotsie » Thu Jun 25, 2009 10:10 am

Welcome & thanks AnthonyB. I'm surprised you haven't been given a refund, I bet if you made a fuss you'd get your money back - after all, they can't really be said to be fit for purpose :?
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Postby AnthonyB » Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:13 am

I’m giving them a reasonable period to get the books replaced before I really kick off about a refund. One of the things I did ask for was the books to be removed from their sites as they are substandard and they are generally charging more than they are for a paperback copy, although I wasn’t really expecting them to actually do it.
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Postby AnthonyB » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:42 pm

I wrote another email to Waterstone’s and WHSmith’s. Waterstone’s has refunded me and removed all of Terry’s books (epub versions only) from their site, hopefully Smiths will follow suit forcing the publishers to get their act together and do a proper job on Terry’s books (and possibly the books of the other authors they represent).

I think I should complain more often :D
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Postby Dotsie » Fri Jun 26, 2009 2:48 pm

Well done!
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jun 26, 2009 3:54 pm

Good result! :D
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Postby Cheery » Fri Jun 26, 2009 4:11 pm

Wow! Good job!
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Jun 26, 2009 6:09 pm

Colin Smythe, Terry's agent, is always worth contacting if you see an abuse of Terry's work. :)
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