Since 2010

Errors in Kindle books

The book I’ve just finished reading on Kindle had at least two occurrences of the string “'” instead of actual apostrophes. How does that happen? Obviously I know how it happens, but I don’t understand how it makes it into my hands like that. And this was a publication from 5+ years ago - how has it not been fixed?!

In my experience it’s fairly common to encounter weirdness in Kindle books. It’s usually layout things, where words are hyphenated in the middle of a line, or what should be one line is rendered as 5 lines with a couple of words each.

I don’t remember ever seeing such oddities in printed books. I’d have thought digital books would be easy peasy to get right, and the labour required to lay out a printed book would lead to mistakes. Shows what I know!