[erlang-questions] New Erlang EBook

Tuncer Ayaz <>
Fri Mar 6 14:44:28 CET 2015


On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 10:37 PM, Richard A. O'Keefe wrote:
> Traditional publishing offers a number of things

[...]

>  - editing.  This includes idiom, grammar, spelling, punctuation, help
>    with layout and diagrams, spotting omissions and duplications &c
>  - negotiation to use copyright material (like the cover of my Prolog book).
>
> There can be community support for editing, so well edited free
> books are not impossible. But good editing is not free. *Someone*
> has to pay.

What publishers have good editing these days? Maybe I didn't notice
such faults in the past, but in books and magazines distributed by
major publishing houses in the last decade (or longer) I've noticed an
increase in easy to catch grammar and typo faults that went to the
printing presses unchanged. I can and do auto-correct them while
reading, but it slows down reading the same way error correction
adds latency.

Was this less of an issue in <=1999?

If the quality has declined, can this be attributed to the Internet
and maybe cuts in editing departments?

@Ivan: It's not just computing press that seems affected by
the decrease in editing quality.


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