If you publish, you will typo. This is true of every publisher I know of except Jim Goad.
They’re incredibly frustrating for all parties, the writers, the publishers and the readers.
I’ve considered writing something on the topic, but for the time being I figured I’d post a positive review that mentions typos, and our response to the review.
This is from Amazon.com
I Agree with the Author, January 11, 2014
By Bes Sallur
This review is from: HOMO, 99 and 44/100% NONSAPIENS: Revised With New Introduction (Paperback)
And the other reviewers, humans are irrational evolved apes hardwired to prey, conquer and kill. We do have some positive behaviors, but these come more from nurture then nature, or the rare individual who isn’t hardwired for irrationality and seeks knowledge instead of predation.This book explains it better then anything else I’ve read and should be required reading for anyone attempting to understand our species.
There are some things to consider when reading this though. The author rants sometimes, repeating the books central themes and I think this is intentional, we cannot be reminded enough of our stupidity. Lorentz covers human history and other subjects well in context and obviously has done research, but this new edition needed some editing. There are misplaced letters and typos that should have been corrected, in particular personal names, “Hernando Cortex” (Cortes) on page 46. And not all the information is correct. I noticed on page 268 the author talks about Sir Isaac Newton and his equations determining the orbit of Earth’s moon is shrinking and it will one day hit our planet. Actually the Moon is moving away from Earth by a few centimeters a year and will one day break out of orbit. Don’t know if this is a mistake of Newton’s or the author. This is a small publisher book, things happen and maybe I’m nitpicking, but I wanted this known.
Still please read this book, its interesting and gets people thinking as books like this should. If nothing else it should be read for the chapter on “Race”, not what you’re expecting and got me reconsidering previous notions.
The following was written by me and posted as a response on 01-16-2014:
Thank you for the review. I’m the publisher and appreciate the positive comments.
There are a few different types of editing… one is to check on the accuracy and flow of the text, look for inconsistencies and factual errors. The other is editing for grammar (looking for typos).
Though there were a few issues that could have been addressed that relate to the authors interpretation of facts, Mr. Lorentz had already passed away by the time those could have been addressed. I felt it was more important to allow him to express his views. He was clearly a quirky guy and I find it endearing that there is some really solid thinking mixed with ALL CAPS RANTING.
As for the typos, thank you for pointing one out. Underworld Amusements is a small press with limited resources, producing odd books that will appeal to a very small market. Because of the length of this book, we relied on about 4 volunteer proofreaders. The source material we had to work from was a poorly OCRed html file that the author produced quite some time ago. His OCRing introduced a quite a number of typos to a manuscript that already had a few in them. Obviously we were unsuccessful at correcting all of them.
I’ve noted the pg 46 typo and it will be corrected in a revision, along with hopefully others. Constructive feedback is always appreciated.