One of my pet hates is books with loads of typos, such as spelling and punctuation errors, or other editing issues. (I’m aware this means people will now be scouring this blog post for errors – but I’m not an author trying to sell you their book!) I make a point of stating in my review policy that books which haven’t been proofread properly (or at all) will get a poor review, if indeed I actually finish them.
From time to time, I still come across books with lots of typos and it got me wondering – what is the best response in those circumstances?
- Provide a few examples of the typo’s you’ve noticed to the author and suggest they have the book professionally proofread and/or copy-edited (or ask for their money back if they reckon it already has!).
- Give the author a list of all the errors you’ve noticed. However, this means you’re doing a proofreader out of a job and, unless you’re a professional proofreader yourself, you’ll probably have missed some anyway.
- Don’t inform the author but reflect the issues in your rating of the book and mention it in your review.
- Ignore (or in my case, try to) the errors and concentrate on the plot, characters and other aspects of the book.
- Chuck the book away unfinished and move on. However, this means leaving unsuspecting future readers to experience the same issues.
I’ve probably done all of the above at one time or another but what’s your view?