British Edition of Freedom Recalled over Frequent Imperfection

After being given an edition of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom that lacked the pristine copy of the American version, readers in England can now experience the much-lauded novel in its full, typo-free glory.

The British operations of HarperCollins will pull nearly all of the 80,000 books from shelves and replace them with a corrected version, the BBC reports today. “They are minor corrections, things like typos and punctuation errors,” a spokeswoman for the publishing company told the BBC, “but, obviously, if you’re Jonathan and you have spent 10 years working on a novel, you want the finished product to go out.” The novel, which came out a month ago in the U.S., was released in the U.K. earlier this week. 

The Guardian writes that at a London reading last night, Franzen acknowledged the errors — the printer had accidentally gone ahead with an old draft — and asked readers to hold off on buying the book until Monday. Readers will be able to distinguish the errorless version by a sticker with the book’s (extremely positive) review in The New York Times, HarperCollins said in a statement.

So far, American booksellers and readers have not reported imperfections in the stateside version of the novel.