Don't they employ copy editors anymore?

OK, in this day and age of text messaging and l33t speak, I am probably a Luddite, but it annoys me when I read a book that looks like it was copy-edited by Spell-Check. You know the errors I mean. Do for due, to for two, now here that is supposed to be nowhere. Don't human read these manuscripts anymore? Is the book biz so marginal that they can't take some pride in their work? OK, I mostly find these types of errors in mystery fiction, and face it, these books are probably not going to be around in 100 years. Still, it annoys me to no end.

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Comment by Dana King on March 28, 2008 at 6:11am
No arguments from me. The Sandford example cites a major player, too, where you'd think they might be able to afford a few extra bucks for a good copy edit.

What's even more frustrating is the thought that the copy was quite possibly turned in correct, and it was butchered in setting the type. (They probaly don't say, "set the type" anymore.I'm a publishing Luddite myself.)

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