Monday, July 18, 2011

The Decline and Fall of Publishing

If you're like me and cringe whenever you see a typo in a published book, you'll enjoy this article by Virginia Heffernan in the New York Times. Particularly interesting to me was the revelation -- which seems obvious in hindsight, though I hadn't thought of it -- that manuscripts are obese as well as full of spelling errors these days, thanks to computers.

4 comments:

  1. Ah, the decline and fall of the fact-checker. I worked for a magazine at one time and they had an entire dept of fact-checkers. Fired 'em all. Then I worked at think tank and they, too, had what they called "research verifiers" (basically fact-checkers) and over time, as they all left, they weren't replaced. It became the writer/researcher's job to make sure everything was right. I think it's all just part of the shift toward "everyone's an independent contractor." Plus, you know, all those fact-checkers had to get paid and seeing as those were all entry level jobs, they were the first to go during budget cuts...

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  2. I am going to have to read this article. I am always disappointed when I see errors, though I am the worst offender!

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  3. Interesting! I also found what she said blogs getting less hits with typos. Who knew?!

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  4. It's all about cost-cutting these days. On the upside, it gives all those English majors something to feel superior about.

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