Computers. What are they good for? To make human errors more pervasive and therefore funnier, for one. Consider this Nook version of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace, in which, according to blogger Philip Howard (hat tip Ars Technica), every instance of the word “kindled” has been replaced with “Nookd.”
“It was as if a light had been Nookd in a carved and painted lantern,” goes one of eight occasions of (probably inadvertent) Barnes & Noble propagandizing.
Our best guess is that the publisher who submitted it to Nook, Superior Formatting Publishing, had also submitted it to rival Amazon’s Kindle and had changed references on the cover page, etc. with a quick find-and-replace. Superior Formatting Publishing appears to be part of the cottage industry of pseudo-publishers who reformat pre-ebook books that have entered the public domain, especially clunky classics like War and Peace.
It’s an easy error to make but an embarrassing one, considering your sole function is to format a book that has already been discovered, edited, copy-edited, and translated by humans who didn’t even have computers.
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