Will Amazon Punish You For Your Typos?

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Amazon | From the blog of Nicholas C. Rossis, author of science fiction, the Pearseus epic fantasy series and children's books Image: dailyfinance.com

As soon as the news came that Amazon will start paying a lot more attention to poorly edited books, panic ensued among the various forums. Thankfully, as John Doppler explains on Words on Words, things aren’t quite that bad.

It all started when Good E-Reader blog announced that “Kindle e-Books will have a warning message if they have spelling mistakes.”

Some authors took that headline at face value and assumed the worst: that Amazon will brand any books deemed to have typographic errors — no matter how minor — with a sinister warning label.

As is often the case, the reality is far less dramatic.

The Facts

First, only ebooks that have received specific complaints from readers will be examined. I have received a few of those, and the most frequent complaints turned out to be in relation to my choice of British English spelling…

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