Friday, 3 December 2010

Well, that's cheering

Cataloguing away busily, I checked the price on one of my books.  Up came something else I don't actually have in stock at the moment:  Riding with Reka, by Heather, now safely out of copyright, and therefore grist to the mill of the Print on Demand merchants.  You are asked to cough up a minimum of £20 for this title on Abe, and one seller, whose honesty I suppose is admirable, says in their description:

This book may have imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process

but they're still going to sell it, imperfections and all.   Obviously no one at any part of the process cares enough to check what's produced.

2 comments:

Christina Wilsdon said...

I once ordered a publication like this from an online bookstore, not knowing that it was one of these productions--what a disaster, it was completely incomprehensible. I promptly returned it and to their credit the bookstore agreed and said it was a piece of rubbish, only they used a word even less kind than rubbish. I watched and waited til I could get a used copy of the book on ebay instead--I had to wait a while but it was worth it.

Scanners, yeah right...I think they have finally found a use for those million monkeys with typewriters in a room that they always supposed could eventually write Shakespeare's works if you leave them there long enough.

Jane Badger said...

I think you're right. The monkeys definitely have the last laugh.