Why I Intentionally Look for Typos In New Books

Meg Dowell

I pre-order books more often than I should. Which means I find myself in possession of many first editions of newly published manuscripts.

In every single one, I look for the mistake.

Because one always makes its way through the review process. And I embark on a mission to find it.

Usually it’s a simple, easy-to-miss typographical error. The same word repeated twice when it should only be there once. A missing punctuation mark (often an absent opening or closing quotation mark). A misspelling very commonly overlooked during a quick edit.

Do you know how many different pairs of eyes review a book before it is published and distributed out into the world?


And for the most part — at least in my experience — at least one small error always makes it into the final product.

I do not know why this intrigues me so much.

I don’t…

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About christianboustead

I am a 34 old male who has been blind form the age of 11 years however, I don't let that get in the way of life.
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2 Responses to Why I Intentionally Look for Typos In New Books

  1. cagedunn says:

    I have yet to read a book that doesn’t contain at least one mistake. There is always at least one.

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